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Irreconcilable Differences: The Attempts to Increase Media Coverage of Family Courts in England and Wales

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Abstract:

This study considers the continuing controversy in England and Wales about lack of transparency in the family justice system, and whether the media should be allowed report its proceedings. The system deals with cases in which the State permanently removes from families children whose welfare is deemed to be at risk. The State's agencies face media criticism for being either ineffective or too draconian in this protection role. Other cases, involving estranged parents in disputes about their children, have prompted fathers' groups to claim that the courts favour mothers. Judges and politicians have expressed concern that public confidence in family courts needs to be raised by better-informed media coverage. But reporting restrictions have yet to be relaxed and are stricter than in other nations.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/JML.4.2.274

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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