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Heterosexual Couple Fail in Civil Partnership Bid

A heterosexual couple who wanted to enter into a civil partnership have lost their case. Rebecca Steinfeld, 34, and Charles Keidan, 39 were seeking a judicial review of the law but this was refused by the judge, Mrs Justice Andrews. The couple have been together for over five years and have an eight-month-old baby.

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Legislation to support families and children

New legislation announced in the Queen's Speech aims to improve family justice by reducing delays in the system and speeding up adoption processes.

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Children’s justice under threat

New figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that 13% of all children under 18 who currently receive help with legal costs will lose out under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill, due to return to the House of Commons on Tuesday 17th April after suffering a number of defeats in the House of Lords.

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Justice reform – new data published

A new set of court statistics have been published that supports the case for a comprehensive reform programme across the justice system.

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Concerns over impact of legal aid cuts on children

A children's charity has expressed concerns that the Government's proposed legal aid cuts will lead to at least 6,000 vulnerable children being excluded from receiving the legal support they desperately need.

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Media access and reporting in Family Courts

The President of the Family Division, the Judicial College and the Society of Editors have issued a joint publication setting out the current state of the law with regard to the reporting of cases in family courts.

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Law Society supports recommendations of Family Justice Review

The Law Society has given its support to proposals made by the Family Justice Review to improve the current family justice system.

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Children to shape the future of the family justice system

Children are the most important people in the Family Justice system and their voice needs to be heard in proposed reforms to Family Justice, says an independent panel set up to review how it could be reformed.

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