More media access to the Family Courts to prevent “outrageous injustices”, UKIP’s sole MP has insisted.
Speaking at the publication of a new policy paper, Clacton MP Douglas Carswell said the current system was a “scandal” and claimed the family courts acted “like a juggernaut [which] breaks up families”. He claimed that secrecy has led to “big cartel courts and the legal profession and the social workers riding roughshod against ordinary people”.
Mr Carswell wrote the policy paper along with Duncan Simpson, the deputy of director of the party’s parliamentary research unit. The paper proposed a number of changes to the family court system.
The media should be allowed much greater access to family court proceedings, the authors argued, and all judgments should be published unless the judge can get an order from the High Court which says otherwise.
In addition, Mr Carswell and Mr Simpson called for special guardianship orders to be used more often.
Mr Carswell admitted that it was not always “wrong for the state to forcefully break up a family”, but suggested that there has been some “outrageous injustices” perpetrated by a “big powerful system [which] is ignoring ordinary people”.
The UKIP MP cited a recent high-profile case of a couple whose child was adopted after they were falsely accused of abuse. “If our reforms had been in place that case could not have happened”, Mr Carswell claimed.