Meeting to air concerns on Family Court changes

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:52 06/11/2012

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A public meeting is to be held on November 12 to discuss potential changes to the Family Court.

The Government recently unveiled plans to save $70 million in the next four years by reducing the number of cases in court. Critics say under the proposed changes, parents will need to represent themselves in formal court hearings and representation for children will be restricted.

Under new rules, a lawyer will only be appointed for a child where serious issues are identified or urgent proceedings filed.

A meeting to inform Porirua residents of the changes - and how to rally against them - is in the Helen Smith Room at Pataka from 3.30pm, November 9. Legal experts will answer questions.

Mary More from the Law Store says it is important people come come along to hear what the Government is proposing.

"These are issues that affect a community like Porirua, it's vital that everyone has all the information in front of them."

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