The Law Society last week called for more judges trained in family work when it gave evidence to the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee. Law Society chief executive Janet Paraskeva said the welfare of a child must always be paramount. “Current legislation recognises this,” she said. “However, the aspect of the system that must change is in relation to enforcement of contact orders. We need more judges trained in family work so that every aspect of individual cases can be dealt with by one judge throughout and more trained Cafcass officers can provide support for parents.”
A new £3m charity, Skills for Justice, was registered last week by the Charity Commission. It seeks to improve the way in which the law is administered by training and developing people who work in what it called “the justice sector”. The charity will take over the work of the Police Skills and Standards Organisation, the Custodial Care National Training Organisation and the Community Justice Training Organisation, and for the first time will represent areas including court and prosecution services and Customs and Excise law enforcement.