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Monday
Jun042012

Lord Reed calls for faster child welfare cases

Lord ReedSupreme Court judge Lord Reed has called for reform of court and legal aid procedures following the recent judgement in the "million pound" child contact case.

His comments appear in the Herald following the Supreme Court decisionin the appeal from the NJDB v JEB case, in which evidence was taken over 52 days in Stirling Sheriff Court.

Although this case is an extreme example of what can happen n the courts when things go really wrong, sheriff court cases concerning child contact, residence and parental rights and responsibilities can often be expensive and protracted.

These issues account for over 60% of the expenditure on civil legal aid in Scottish courts - nearly £20 million per year.  Families Need Fathers Scotland supports Lord Reed's call for speedier court cases.