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NCJ Number: 158992 Find in a Library
Title: Court Reform
Journal: Family and Conciliation Courts Review  Volume:33  Issue:2  Dated:special issue (April 1995)  Pages:complete issue
Editor(s): H McIsaac
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 108
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Articles on family court reform in various jurisdictions throughout the world focus on the trend toward a more proactive response to the resolution of family conflict.
Abstract: The first article, which presents the opening remarks made at the annual conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts held in Hawaii, May 1994, distinguishes two types of people who work in family courts, those who work to improve the system and those who focus primarily on the needs of individual cases; both types have a role in the mission of family courts. The next article defines restorative justice compared to retributive justice. Another article proposes a streamlined system for couples with assets under $400,000. It explores the problem of approximately 50 percent of couples going through divorce without attorney representation; the author proposes close judicial management of such cases and removal of the need for unnecessary discovery and other expensive procedures. An article presents a report of the Oregon Task Force on Family Law. The task force identified core values to be fostered by the system and then constructed a series of recommendations to achieve these goals. Other articles address New Zealand's advanced family law system, consider Denmark's contribution to divorce mediation, analyze the origins of and recommend remedies for the crisis in domestic law, and consider the emerging roles of the family lawyer.
Main Term(s): Family courts
Index Term(s): Court reform; Denmark; Divorce mediation; Lay representation; New Zealand; Oregon
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