It’s Monday and it’s cold and miserable. There’s nothing we can say to make it better. But we can offer you a question to mull over during that boring work conference where your boss keeps handing out bits of paper with flow charts and sentences brightened with neon green highlighter. It looks very pretty, doesn’t it? Just nod your head in agreement every now and then, no-one will know you are secretly thinking about our question this week…
The Guardian has just published an article on legal aid and why the law no longer appears to be doing its job: protecting everyone, whether rich or poor. We happened to have had a crazily interesting discussion with a very senior lawyer recently who told us that the family justice system is a misleading term – because, justice is not what the system provides. Astoundingly, he did not mean that the system had failed to provide justice – rather, that any legal system was not about justice, but about following the law. It was just a mechanism that was to be followed and this applied to the family justice system, too.
So, what do you think? What does the family justice system mean to you?
Possible answer: To us, any legal system is not just about following law, but implementing law that will lead to just outcomes. If the law is not doing that, then in our modest opinion, it is not fit for purpose. This holds true in the family justice system: we need laws that provide solutions, and ultimately do our families and children justice.