The Independent Panel evaluating the 2014 reforms to the family justice system will be launching a public submissions process from 5 September 2018.
The Panel wants to hear from people who have used family justice services to resolve a dispute about the care of their children after separation.
“I’m pleased to announce details about the first opportunity for the public to have their say on the changes to the Family Court since 2014,” says the Panel’s Chair, Rosslyn Noonan.
Members of the public and interested groups will be able to make submissions in the eight-week period between 5 September 2018 and 9 November. Information about the submissions process, and links to make a submission to the Panel will be published on the Ministry of Justice website on 5 September.
“We want to ensure that as many people as possible can have their say, and don’t feel rushed if they want to share their experiences of the Family Court and the out-of-court services, like Family Dispute Resolution”, says Ms Noonan.
Ms Noonan says people will be able to tell their stories with the Panel online, and can also choose to answer a survey about how the process worked, or didn’t work for them.
“One of the priorities for the Panel is to ensure that people feel safe when sharing their story”, she says.
“Separation can be an extremely stressful and confusing time, and people may wish to remain anonymous when telling us about their experiences. We are carefully designing the submissions process so that people don’t have to share their details if they don’t want to”.