New Family Law Court System in the Offing

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Plans for a two-tier family court system staffed by specialist judges experienced in family law have been outlined by the Justice Minister, Alan Shatter. This will require a referendum in 2014.

A new two-tier system is being proposed.  A lower court would have jurisdiction over family law and childcare issues. The higher court would have unlimited jurisdiction over all family law matters, including adoption and child abduction.

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