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Family Justice Council Annual Debate

Experts in the family courts: are they worth it? The Family Justice Council is holding a debate and panel discussion entitled ‘Experts in the family courts: are they worth it? The debate will be held in the Parliament Chamber at the Inner Temple, London EC4, between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 1st December. It will focus on concerns about quality, cost and other issues raised by the current approach to commissioning expert evidence for use in the family courts. The debate will also cover alternative approaches proposed by the Family Justice Review and Sir Liam Donaldson in ‘Bearing Good Witness’. The event will be chaired by the President of the Family Division, Sir Nicholas Wall. Speakers will include: District Judge (MC) Nicholas Crichton – Inner London Family Proceedings Court; Lead Judge, Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) and FJC member Dr. Heather Payne - Consultant Paediatrician and FJC member Mr. Malek Wan Daud – Barrister, Garden Court Chambers and FJC member If you would be interested in attending the event, please apply to the Family Justice Council at the following address: fjc@justice.gsi.gov.uk by 5 pm on Friday 11th November 2011. This event qualifies for CPD points for barristers, solicitors, social workers and medical practitioners. Please be aware that there is limited availability for this event and the FJC expects high demand for places. The FJC will aim to inform those who express an interest in attending whether they have been successful no later than 16 November 2011.