Truss orders review to ban abusers tormenting victims in family courts

The justice secretary has set up an emergency review to find the quickest way to ban perpetrators of domestic abuse from directly cross-examining their victims within the family court system.

Liz Truss has stepped in after the Guardian exposed how women are being directly confronted and questioned by violent and abusive men within the secretive court system.

Last week speaking after the Guardian articles Sir James Munby, the president of the family division, said he would welcome a ban on the practice, which is illegal in the criminal courts. But in a statement Munby said any ban would require primary legislation and was a decision for ministers. The senior judge said the family courts lagged behind the criminal courts and reform was needed as a matter of priority. He said he was disappointed at the slow response from ministers.

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