The family courts information pilot: November 2009- December 2010

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Great Britain. Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Date of publication
1 August 2011
Families, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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The Family Courts Information Pilot pilot made written anonymised judgments available to the parties in certain Children Act cases and to the wider public through the British and Irish Legal Information Institute website. This paper reviews how the pilot worked. Between November 2009 and December 2010, five family courts took part in the pilot. The pilot courts were Cardiff and Wolverhampton County and Magistrates’ Courts and Leeds Magistates’ Court. The Ministry of Justice contributed towards the cost of additional court administrative duties which arose as a direct result of participation and funded transcription services relating to pilot cases. This review reports and analyses the available, relevant information pertaining to the pilot in order to meet the commitment set out in the 2010 Act. It does not make specific recommendations concerning national rollout of the scheme, but highlights issues for consideration in making such a decision.

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