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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Proposed family court to ease aggravation OTTAWA (CP) A court system designed to take some of the expense and aggravation out of such family disputes as divorce was recommended Monday. The recommendation was contained in a working paper of the Canadian Law Reform Commission which called for provincial family courts with jurisdiction over all family laws including divorce, separation, child custody and alimony. The report also suggested "establishment of adequate premarital counselling services" which should be part of "a comprehensive program of family life education." But it warned that the proposed courts "should not assume a direct responsibility for providing pre-marital counselling and guidance." The courts would operate on a four-state process that would seek reconciliation first and make trial a last resort. They would replace the present system under which individuals may have to THE BETTER HALF progress through as many as four or five courts. The process: couples would receive advice on the best means of solving problems in court or through a community service such as a psychiatrist. could make voluntary use of counsellors and conciliators to clarify and perhaps resolve their differences. trial would be before a judge trained in family law who could use investigative services to help him. Legal aid could be available for all parties including a child of separating couples. a divorce or separation, the court would be responsible for financial matters and would have the right and ability to enforce its decisions. CONCERN SHOWN The commission was created two years ago to study needed reform in laws and in the administration of justice. The study showed popular concern about family law and By Barnes Tm home early because it wasn't crowded at the market and the police officer was a very fast ticket writer." the commission gave this area high priority. "Much of the present dissatisfaction is caused by current practices, procedures and court structures that are unduly complicated, slow, expensive and often aggravate the emotional tensions arising out of a marital or family the commission says. Aside from the genera! need for a single court, the commission put emphasis on protection of the rights of children involved in disputes and the need for enforcement and training of judges. It says that even though the future well-being of a child may be a major issue in a husband-wife dispute, the child now is not represented by counsel and the court is not given enough information to determine the child's best interest. It says courts should use investigative services to get information when rights of children are at stake. The recommendation calls enforcement services an important innovation under which the court would be. responsible for collecting support payments, tracing spouses defaulting on obligations and to institute proceedings against defaulters. It says it is estimted that about family court orders between 70 and 80 per cent of all orders granted are in default. On judges, the paper says there now are persons presiding over family courts who are not even lawyers. The paper says all family court judges should be lawyers with experience in family law. Even most superior court judges had little experience in such law, it says in calling for continuing education programs. Wednesday, February 27, 1974 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD March is Open Season on 1847 Rogers Bros. Silverplate! pood Huntins! Up to SCFf off place settings open stock. MsM OR I 5-Piece Place Setting Spreaders F.H Teaspoons H Small Teaspoons Coffee Spoons Dessert Spoons Soup Spoons Parfaft Spoons Meal Dinner Forks Saiad Forks Seafood Forks Pie Server Dinner Knives DOWNTOWN 606-3rd Ave. S Lethbridge t iotionvaltiAi ob Coffee Pineapple Juice WMlMllrWnMjf) 48) OZ> i Con Came Pancake Mix Cake Mix r i Aunt JltnthiM ,Rtg. or buttermilk, 3% rb. Peanut Butter Squirrel, 48 oz. 179 Dog Food Perky 14Vj oz. tins 6J oo Soip sss. 2 Marstanllows sxr 2 as Soda Crackers Dl AQfkh Western Family Dludbll 128 oz. Fabric Softener frozen Food _ QUO i ctv Strawberries sssarr. Da Raspberries Hash Brown srssr: 2 Hams Burns whole or halves, Ib. Wieners Bums, Ib. Loins of Pork Leg of Pork 95( ..................I1 Butt Roast of Pork Spareribs Bacon 3-5 Ib. average, Ib. Alberta Gold or Burns, Ib. Grapefruit ran 10 111 8p6S Red Emperor U Ib.. I Cabbage .ssrr..: 2 Green 2.29 Assorted Squares Apple, RaMn, Date, Walnut Ctwwt and Brownies I I ;