11 Jun 2013

Urgent Family Court cases move online

12:57 pm on 11 June 2013

The Family Court has introduced a new online regime allowing judges to immediately hear urgent cases, such as child protection.

eDuty means six Family Court judges are available each day to make decisions within an hour of a case being received.

Before now, applicants would wait up to half a day for a judge to become available.

Courts Minister Chester Borrows said the system will cut the waiting time to less than half an hour.

He said people needing urgent help are doing so at a vulnerable time, and fast-tracking the process enables applicants to feel safer, sooner.