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Family Courts

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many family courts there are in each London borough. (100179)

While London’s family courts sit within London boroughs they do not specifically serve distinct boroughs.

London currently supports family work across 32 different venues. 17 of these are magistrates courts and 15 are at county courts. London also has a substantial volume of family work heard at the High Court within the Royal Courts of Justice and at the Principal Registry of the Family Division (PRFD) at First Avenue House. Details of the courts within each London borough are as follows.

There are 32 London boroughs and the City Corporation.

The Principle Registry of the Family Division also deals with Family work from all 32 boroughs and the City Corporation.

Family work is not jurisdiction based and applicants can issue proceedings at any Family Court.

Some county courts have jurisdiction for several London boroughs.

Barnet—Barnet Family County Court and Barnet FPC work is covered by Barnet Civil and Family Courts Centre

Enfield—Barnet Family County Court and Enfield FPC work is covered by Barnet Civil and Family Courts Centre/Edmonton County Court

Haringey—Barnet Family County Court and Haringey FPC work is covered by Barnet Civil and Family Courts Centre/Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court/Edmonton County Court

Brent—Brent Family Proceedings Court (FPC)/Willesden County Court

Hillingdon—Hillingdon FPC/Uxbridge FPC/Uxbridge County Court

Harrow—Harrow FPC)/Willesden County Court

Waltham Forest—Waltham Forest FPC/Bow County Court

Redbridge—Redbridge FPC/Ilford County Court/Bow County Court

Newham—Stratford FPC (including Barking FPC admin and hearings)/Bow County Court

Barking and Dagenham—Admin and Hearings at Stratford FPC/Ilford County Court/Romford County Court

Havering—Havering FPC/Romford County Court

Bromley—Bromley FPC/Bromley County Court

Bexley—Bexley FPC/Bromley County Court

Croydon—Croydon FPC/Croydon Combined Court Centre/Wandsworth County Court

Sutton—Sutton FPC/Croydon Combined Court Centre

Kingston—Kingston FPC/Kingston County Court

Merton—Wimbledon FPC/Kingston County Court

Ealing—Ealing FPC/Acton FPC/Brentford County Court/Uxbridge County Court

Hounslow—Feltham FPC/Brentford County Court

Richmond—Richmond FPC/Brentford County Court/Wandsworth County Court

Hackney—Inner London FPC/Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court

Tower Hamlets—Inner London FPC/Bow County Court/Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court

Islington—Inner London FPC/Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court

Camden—Inner London FPC/Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court

Westminster—Inner London FPC

Kensington and Chelsea—Inner London FPC

City of London—Inner London FPC

Southwark—Inner London FPC/Lambeth County Court

Hammersmith and Fulham—Inner London FPC/West London FPC)/Willesden County Court

Lewisham—Inner London FPC/Bromley County Court/Lambeth County Court/Woolwich County Court

Lambeth—Inner London FPC/Lambeth County Court/Bromley County Court/ Wandsworth County Court

Greenwich—Inner London FPC/Woolwich County Court/Bromley County Court

Wandsworth—Inner London FPC/Wandsworth County Court

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what account she takes of (a) geographical coverage, (b) public transport links, (c) road links and (d) potential travel costs of (i) members of the public and (ii) social workers when (1) opening and (2) closing family courts. (100180)

When deciding the locations of family courts all the issues raised by the hon. Lady are considered and a diversity impact assessment is conducted.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of family courts in Brent. (100181)

Brent is not one of the currently proposed Family Courts Centres, in the DCA Consultation (HMCS London Region Proposals for Network of Family Courts Centres Consultation Paper CP 16/06), but views are sought as to whether the proposals are right or whether other suggestions should be considered. At this stage therefore it would not be appropriate to make a statement on the future of family courts in Brent pending the response to consultation.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many cases were heard by each family court in London in each of the last five years. (100182)

The number of cases heard by each family court in London in each of the last three years have been placed in the Library of the House. Data for the last five years are not recorded centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.