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Justice Committee launches inquiry into justice system post-Brexit

Committee will consider implications for international family disputes

The House of Commons Justice Committee has launched an inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the justice system, including family law. The Committee would welcome written submissions from expert and affected parties to enable it to present the Government with recommendations concerning the questions which it will need to address in the eventual Brexit negotiation process.

The Committee notes that there is a significant body of EU law dealing with the handling of cross-border legal disputes, such as the 'Brussels Regulations' covering family, civil and commercial matters. Post-Brexit, this EU legislation will not automatically apply to the UK (though much underlying international law will remain). Removing it would affect, for example, the jurisdiction of UK courts to deal with disputes as well as the enforceability of English and Welsh judgments in other member states (and vice versa). Family cases often benefit from such jurisdictional legislation.

The Committee invites written submissions of no more than 3,000 words in length; the deadline for these is Friday, 11 November 2016. The Committee will then hold oral evidence sessions, with the intention of producing a report to inform the Government's Brexit negotiations.

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