Family Proceedings Court
“A right is absolute. If it isn’t absolute, it is not a right, but an indulgence granted by a master to a well-behaved slave.”
In England and Wales, the Family Proceedings Court (FPC) is the name given to the Magistrates’ Court when members of the family panel sit to hear a family case. It is a court of first instance in England and Wales that deals with family matters. Cases are either heard in front of a bench of lay magistrates or a District Judge(Magistrates’ Courts).
In response to the Family Justice Review, published today on 3 November 2011 Malcolm Richardson, Chairman of the Magistrates‘ Association’s Family Courts Committee said,
“The Magistrates’ Association welcomes the final report of the Family Justice Review and in particular the proposal to impose a six-month time limit for all cases. Family panel magistrates are only too aware of the effect of delays on children suffering harm.”
The Association believes in a focused family justice service with an infrastructure in which, along with dedicated legal advisers, magistrates could provide a reliable, child-centred, resolution orientated service. The use of best practice and firmer management of all practitioners will most surely be in the best interests of children. “
Everybody from the MA, to The Bar Council, Law Society, Family Law Bar Association, Resolution, Women’s Aid, the list goes on.
MA is frightened the courts will dry up, the bar council are worried their barristers will have no work, the law society are worries that the solicitors can’t feed off the legal aid, the family bar asses are again worried about their 2000 barristers and resolution are worried that the cannot resolve. Women’s Aid are worried funding will be drastically reduced now they have to prove that their clients have been a victim and not a bullshiter to use false accusations (in many cases) to remove a dad from their children’s life. THE JUDGES ARE THE QUIET ONES HERE WHO WILL BE EXPOSED FOR HAVING A BUSINESSES IN LAW FIRMS. So we can all see its money motivation not childs best interests.
“The privilege against self-incrimination is neither accorded to the passive resistant, nor to the person who is ignorant of his rights, nor to one indifferent thereto. It is a FIGHTING clause. It’s benefits can be retained only by sustained COMBAT. It cannot be claimed by attorney or solicitor. It is valid only when insisted upon by a BELLIGERENT claimant in person.” McAlister vs. Henkel, 201 U.S. 90, 26 S.Ct. 385, 50 L. Ed. 671; Commonwealth vs. Shaw, 4 Cush. 594, 50 Am.Dec. 813; Orum vs. State, 38 Ohio App. 171, 175 N.E. 876. The one who is persuaded by honeyed words or moral persuasion to testify or produce documents rather than make a last-ditch stand, simply loses the protection. . . . He must refuse to answer or produce, and test the matter in contempt proceedings, or by habeas corpus.”
Men and women already have equal rights within the family court system, but some just do not see it.
End Department of Children and Families