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Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke
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.
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?
Clarke outlines shared parenting
law change 6 February 2012
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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