Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


New MOU signed to improve family justice

New MOU signed to improve family justice

A new agreement between New Zealand and England and Wales will ensure our countries continue to work together to improve their family justice systems.

Justice Minister Judith Collins and UK Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Chris Grayling, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that allows for regular discussions and information sharing about their respective family justice reforms.

“England and Wales have recently implemented family justice reforms, very similar to New Zealand’s, including new out-of-court mediation services for parenting disputes,” Ms Collins says.

“This MOU recognises our common interests in protecting children and vulnerable people, providing less adversarial approaches to resolving parenting disputes, and ensuring our Courts operate efficiently and effectively.

“The MOU will allow our countries to share insights such as evaluation reports and information on successes and operational adjustments. Personal information, such as data about individual people and specific cases, will not be shared.”

Ms Collins says New Zealand’s reforms create a modern, accessible family justice system that encourages parents to reach out-of-court agreements about care arrangements for their children. This will ensure the Family Court is free to focus on cases that most need judicial expertise.

“Our reforms have been in place for two months now and I’m very pleased with how the new system is progressing. The MOU will allow us to learn from England and Wales and consider further improvements,” Ms Collins says.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Make NZ Make Again: Greens Will Establish A Minister For Manufacturing

The Green Party announced today that it will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. The Minister will be inside Cabinet and have responsibility for the long-term interests of the manufacturing sector. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news