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Friday, September 18, 2009

Delays in children's cases under attack

Delays in children's cases under attack

A senior child care lawyer is the latest to speak out to attack delays in the family courts. Christina Blacklaws, senior partner of Blacklaws Davis and the child care representative on the Law Society Council, says the delays in the allocation of guardians to represent children by Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) means a wait of four to six months in London. "That means the court has no independent advice from the guardian - an experienced social work expert - and the child has no-one independent with whom to speak about their wishes and feelings."

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