CPAG's Family Court Review submission
In the process of the Review, and in the consequent decisions, CPAG urges that priority is given to the immediate and future safety and security of children. In particular, there is a critical and urgent need to improve the effectiveness of the Court’s work in preventing and responding to the family violence which is a major issue for New Zealand, and improving the outcomes for children.
The primary reason for the Review is stated as: “The Family Court is facing a number of issues that compromise its ongoing sustainability and effectiveness. Reform of the Court is necessary so it can manage the ongoing fiscal pressures and improve its efficiency”; and attention is drawn to an overall 62% increase in expenditure in recent years, despite only a small increase in application numbers (Reviewing the Family Court: A Summary, p. 1).