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Research into family justice system 05/06/2018 The Scottish Government is providing funding for two projects looking at the family justice system. The aim is to improve understanding of the barriers to children’s views being heard in family law cases.

Research into family justice system

The Scottish Government is providing funding for two projects looking at the family justice system. The aim is to improve understanding of the barriers to children’s views being heard in family law cases.

Guided by an expert group of young people, researchers from Stirling and Glasgow universities will identify the challenges and explore the implications for children’s rights where the child’s voice is not heard in family actions. Researchers will also consider how the approaches of other countries could be translated into a Scottish context.

A second project will focus on legal professionals’ understanding of domestic abuse and its implications in child contact cases, exploring the interaction between the criminal and civil justice systems.

“We want to improve people’s experience of the family justice system and these research projects will help us to understand the changes needed to ensure it is fit for the 21st century,” said Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing. “It is important that we address the barriers to children’s involvement in family law cases and build a greater understanding of the impact of domestic abuse proceedings on the handling of child contact cases.”

“Findings from this research will also inform next steps following our consultation on a review of family law in Scotland,” she added.

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