The Family Law Committee is made up of experienced family law practitioners who work in firms or in sole practice. The Committee keeps a watching brief on all issues regarding the administration of family law and where necessary, raises issues with stakeholders in the family law sector and suggests possible solutions. These stakeholders include the Family Court, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, Oranga Tamariki and the Legal Services Commissioner. The Committee also makes submissions on proposed legislative changes concerning family law procedure and writes a wide range of LawNews articles on family law issues.
In 2020, areas of focus for the committee include the Ministry of Justice’s review of the legal aid system and the outcome of the Government’s wide-ranging review of the Family Court system. The committee will also continue to monitor operational matters concerning the Family Court including waiting times to have court matters scheduled and to obtain evidential reports from psychologists.