A long time coming. Five years after the Family Court underwent its last raft of changes — which in turn was a significant overhaul since its establishment in 1981 — an independent panel has found that much still remains to be done if the country's busiest court is not to remain one of the most problematic.

The sensitivity of the government's response to the Rosslyn Noonan-led committee's recommendations will be one of its big "well-being" tests.

The new report turns on the admirable goal of motivating people to engage with effective services, and early, rather than the Family Court in