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April 26th

Nuffield Foundation appoints team to deliver development phase of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

The Nuffield Foundation has appointed a team led by Professor Karen Broadhurst at Lancaster University to deliver the development phase of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory. The Observatory will support the best possible decisions for children by improving the use of data and research evidence in the family justice system in England and Wales.

Defending a divorce is expensive, complicated, and unlikely to succeed, making it an inaccessible option for most people, and an ineffective and unfair legal process.

New research published today by the Nuffield Foundation explores why defended divorce occurs and examines how cases are dealt with by the courts. No Contest finds that the great majority of defences arise from quarrels about who is ‘at fault’, but in practice this is not something that can be determined by the courts, and most cases are settled, rather than decided by a judge.

April 9th

Dissemination of child welfare research to the judiciary is ‘complex and fragmented’

A study of arrangements for research dissemination to the judiciary, and judicial experiences of engaging with research, shows that while there have been significant developments in recent years, current arrangements are complex and fragmented.