Pilot scheme should be more successful
There are hopes a pilot scheme for resolving child custody issues will be more successful than the current system.
Early next year families on Auckland’s North Shore will be given the option of accepting mediation not led by a judge.
Courts Minister Rick Barker says currently families referred to mediation can wait weeks or even months to be appointed a Family Court judge.
He says this way, properly trained mediators can speed up the process and help families find their own solutions.