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Four new appointments to the Family Justice Council

Christina Blacklaws, John Daly, District Judge Gordon-Saker and Dominic Raeside appointed

Christina Blacklaws, John Daly, District Judge Gordon-Saker and Dominic Raeside have been appointed as members of the Family Justice Council.

The FJC was established in July 2004 to promote an inter-disciplinary approach to family justice as an advisory non-departmental public body. Through consultation and research, the FJC monitors the effectiveness of the family justice system. It is chaired by the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby and acts as 'critical friend' by providing advice to the National Family Justice Board and Government.

It advises on the reforms necessary for continuous improvement and is currently playing a key role in the implementation of the Judicial Proposals for the Modernisation of the Family Justice System, led until recently by Lord Justice Ryder. Recent examples include the Consultation on Standards for Expert Witnesses in the Family Courts of England and Wales, jointly released with MoJ in May 2013, and the contribution to the Judicial Working Group report on Litigants-in-person published in July 2013.

Christina Blacklaws is the Director of Family Law and Policy at the Co-operative Legal Services. John Daly is the Assistant Director of Children's Services at Bolton Council. Liza Gordon-Saker is a District Judge of the Principal Registry of the Family Division, appointed in January 2010. Dominic Raeside is the Head of Mediation at Family Law in Partnership LLP.