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23 January 2019

Review Panel's initial thoughts on changes for the NZ family justice system

23 January 2019

Today the Family Justice Review Panel has released a paper outlining the Panel's initial thoughts on a proposed direction for change to the Family Justice System, along with a summary of submissions from the first round of consultation.  The panel is due to report back to the Minister of Justice with recommendations for change in May.

See the Panel's reports:
Strengthening the family justice system

Submissions Summary

Submissions and consultation

Submissions can be made here and close on 1 March 2019

The Panel is also holding meetings with  groups of key stakeholders, including mediators.  Times for mediators to meet with the panel are:

Auckland Paddy Walker room, Ellen Melville Centre - Wednesday 13 February, 10.30am – 12.30 pm
Wellington Justice Centre - Wednesday 20 February, 4-6pm
Christchurch Justice & Emergency Services Precinct -  Friday 1 March, 9-11am

People wanting to attend need to RSVP to: FamilyJusticeReforms@justice.govt.nz

Resolution Institute submission

Resolution Institute will prepare a submission and, as part of this, send out a survey to get members' views.  We encourage FDR Providers to also respond directly to the Panel, especially attending the meetings above if you can.  It is really important that the Panel hear directly from mediators as well as from Resolution Institute.