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Only half of public express confidence in the family courts on children matters

MoJ releases survey on attitudes to fees and courts

A survey examining public attitudes to the courts and, principally, court fees suggests that only half of those asked have confidence in certain aspects of the family courts. 48% said that they were very confident (9%) or fairly confident (38%) that the family courts make decisions which take into account the views of both parents when deciding who a child should live with. 29% said that they did not know how confident they were. 54% said that they were very confident (12%) or fairly confident (32%) that the family courts make decisions that are in the best interests of children. 25% said that they did not know how confident they were.

More confidence was expressed in the decisions of the civil courts. 64% were very confident (11%) or fairly confident (53%) that the civil courts took into account the views of both parties when dealing with disputes. 62% said that they were very confident (9%) or fairly confident (53%) that civil courts make fair decisions.

On the question of court fees:

The survey can be read here.

3/12/13