Urgent call for Independent Inquiry into the treatment of Domestic Abuse in Family Court

125 cross party MPs, led by Labour's Louise Haigh, wrote to the Ministry of Justice demanding an independent inquiry into the failure of the family courts to protect victims of abuse and their children from domestic abuse.

Disappointingly the MoJ responded by saying that they would hold a snap (12 week) Inquiry but that it would not be independent. Retired senior Family Judge Sir Paul Coleridge remarked on the Victoria Derbyshire programme that they would discover nothing meaningful in just 12 weeks due to the complexity of domestic abuse.

More worrying still, the advisors that the MoJ will take evidence from are not the Lawyers who are specialists in working with abuse. 

Cris McCurley and Jenny Beck of Beck Fitzgerald, both specialists in the field of domestic abuse, have written an open letter to the MoJ, co-signed by approximately 140 concerned prominent lawyers calling for an Independent Inquiry which will be given the time needed to do this justice and that actually talks to the right people. It sounds obvious but for some reason the MoJ are currently not listening. The letter is co-signed by 12 QC's, the current Victims Commissioner (Dame Vera Baird) and the Immediate Past President of the Family Bar Association. 

On 19 June Cris and Jenny met with the Shadow Minister for Justice, David Burgon, in Parliament. He pledged his support and committed to doing what he can to help us to achieve a real inquiry which stands a chance of making positive changes to the current, very worrying, situation. 

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