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unstar this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-05-22
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Ministry of Justice more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Courts: Domestic Abuse remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 21 May (HL Deb, col 1863), what consideration they have given to providing (1) separate waiting facilities for the parties, and (2) facilities to enable the giving of evidence by screen or video link, for court cases relating to domestic abuse. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-06more like thismore than 2019-06-06
star this property answer text <p>From context we have assumed the honourable member is asking about the family courts.</p><p> </p><p>(1) In family courts, vulnerable parties and witnesses may request the use of a separate entrance and waiting area. Where dedicated separate entrances or waiting areas are not available, court staff will make alternative arrangements wherever possible.</p><p> </p><p>(2) In the family court over 300 protective screens have been provided over the last two years to ensure that vulnerable parties and witnesses can be shielded from an alleged abuser in the courtroom. Video links may also be used either from a secure location within the court building or from a remote location. Use of these facilities must be approved by the Judge. Use of telephone hearings for without notice Family Law Act injunction hearings is being encouraged to avoid the need for victims of domestic abuse to attend court.</p><p> </p><p>We are determined that the family courts should never be used to further or perpetrate abuse. The Government announced on 21 May 2019 the establishment of an expert panel to gather evidence of how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences. Once formed, it is intended that the panel will report within three months.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2019-06-06T15:23:08.577Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-06T15:23:08.577Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this