HC Deb 02 May 1978 vol 949 cc1-2W
Mr. Patrick Jenkin

asked the Attorney-General, in view of the Government's acceptance in principle of the concept of the family court, if he will set out his estimate of the likely costs that would be involved in implementing such a proposal.

Mr. Arthur Davidson

As explained in paragraph 81 of Cmnd. 7123, there is little likelihood of family courts being established in the foreseeable future. They would require the provision of separate court accommodation and addi- tional staff at a time when there is already a serious deficiency in court accommodation by reason of the additional burdens caused by the increase in the number of criminal cases. Reliable estimates cannot be made of the likely costs of establishing a new family court system at some uncertain future date.