Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dearbhail McDonald: Lifting veil of secrecy will shed light on family law

The public interest at times can justify the infringement of privacy, writes

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Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

FOR far too long, family law has been cloaked under a corrosive interpretation of the in camera rule of privacy. As a result of this privacy blanket, the operation of the family law courts has not commanded the proper levels of public confidence and scrutiny that it deserves.

As journalists, we hear on a daily basis about the perceived unequal struggle of fathers, married and unmarried, in the family law courts. We routinely hear complaints about a family law system that is perceived, by some, to be plagued by iniquity.

We have no way of confirming or dispelling the myths or perceptions that stalk the family law courts.

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