COURT: Families need to have access

The Government’s decision to close 86 courts across the country, including the local court here, is devastating for families.

Parents and children need to be able to access the justice system — this decision will make that more difficult.

Closing courts may make sense on a Government spreadsheet, but it will have a profound impact on people who require courts at a deeply emotional and difficult time.

Many who use the courts are vulnerable and of limited means. To be told they now have to travel to a court miles away will cause further stress and additional costs, which will be prohibitive for many.

The system is already struggling due to funding cuts, fewer judges and an increase in the number of people representing themselves.

That is why Resolution is calling on the Government to reconsider and come forward with detailed plans for modernising family courts across the country, before any court closes its doors for good.

Jo Edwards

Chairman, Resolution family law organisation