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Panel announced to review 2014 FJS changes

1 August 2018

Today the New Zealand Minister of Justice Andrew Little announced the establishment of a panel to review the changes made to the family justice system in 2014, which included the introduction of FDR.   The Panel will be chaired by Rosslyn Noonan who is the current director of the Centre for Human Rights at Auckland University's Law School, and the former Chief Commissioner for the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.  Family lawyers La-Verne King and Chris Dellabarca have been appointed as Panel members.  

An Expert Reference Group is also being established to advise the Panel.  We understand that this group will include representation for the key professionals working in the family justice system, including from the judiciary, the New Zealand Law Society, the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand and the Resolution Institute.

The Panel is tasked with evaluating the changes to the family justice system made in 2014 and examining how they can be improved. The Panel will consider the 2014 reforms’ effectiveness in protecting the interests of children, and achieving safe and durable outcomes for them when resolving disputes about their care or contact. 

The panel is expected to report back to the Minister by May 2019.

See the Ministers full announcement including the panel terms of reference>>

At Resolution Institute we're looking forward to the opportunity to have input into the review, representing the views of members.  An initial RI working group has begun considering the opportunities and challenges in the family justice system and how FDR can be enhanced.  If anyone would like to be involved in this work please contact me.  A key focus for Resolution Institute will be pulling together and representing the range of views ot members, so we'll be asking for input, especially from New Zealand FDR Providers soon.  

Catherine Cooper
General Manager New Zealand