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Intermediaries and judicial education needed in family courts

Fund the family courts to help judges protect domestic abuse victims, writes Matthew Rogers

6 January 2017

When Sir James Munby called for a ban on cross-examination of alleged victims by their alleged attackers, he spoke for the whole of the beleaguered family justice system – and society as a whole.

Devastating legal aid cuts have led to domestic abusers representing themselves. Emergency research on banning this ‘torturous’ practice is now, finally, to be commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, but for some it has come too late. Just one of the unintended consequences lawyers warned of prior to the implementation of LASPO.

Cross-examination of victims by their attackers in criminal proceedings is illegal under the Y...

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