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From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: clarkek@parliament.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 6:32 PM
Subject: The changes would "put back confidence" in the family justice system?

Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA
020 7219 4528
clarkek@parliament.uk

Dear Sir,

Re: Justice Secretary Ken Clarke told the Today programme that the changes would "put back confidence" in the system, but accepted that the law would have to be drafted very carefully.

http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/kenneth-clarke/25686

Please will you kindly tell me if you still think' the governments current proposals "will put back confidence in the system & why given that Harriet Harman stated in the national press on the 4th of June in 2006 that:

"I have concluded that it is now impossible to defend a system from accusations of bias and discrimination if it operates behind closed doors. Even as Minister for Family Justice, I find the rules make it hard for me to establish what is going on.

It is my job to reassure Parliament that the family court system is working properly. But how can I know? I can't read newspaper reports of cases; I can't just go and sit at the back of the court, as I can - and do - in magistrates' courts. And how can MPs hold me to account for a system they cannot see? Parliamentary accountability for the family courts is wholly theoretical while the system remains closed. How can the influential Constitutional Affairs Select Committee conduct investigations into its workings?

And when we debate family law in Parliament, neither MP’s nor Ministers can really know what we are talking about. We have to legislate in the dark".

There are many problems with how the family justice system works & yet none of the fundamental floors have been addressed by the governments current proposals.

I believe we need a Royal Commission into the workings of the children's act since it was introduced in 1989 & would like to know if you will publicly state that you think it would be a good idea?

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9693000/9693357.stm

Clarke outlines shared parenting law change 6 February 2012

The government has confirmed it wants to change the law in England and Wales so that children whose mothers and fathers have split up can have better contact with the parent they do not live with.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke told the Today programme that the changes would "put back confidence" in the system, but accepted that the law would have to be drafted very carefully.

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