help ease the department’s workload.243
2.182In fact HKCMAC handled 68 mediation cases in 1996/97 and 58 cases in 1997/98. The January-September 1997 legal aid statistics indicate that matrimonial legal aid certificates constituted 42.6% of the 12,004 civil certificates granted. Comparing these statistics with those for HKCMAC Marriage Mediation Counselling Service, it is clear that the vast majority of legal aid clients do not avail themselves of this free counselling or mediation service.
2.183It can be seen that the provisions concerning custody, access and guardianship of children are scattered through a number of ordinances, with some inconsistencies between them. It is necessary to address the problems with these substantive provisions. The broader context as to how disputes involving custody, access and guardianship of children are dealt with within the existing adversarial system, and the alternatives to it, will be dealt with in later chapters.
243 Hong Kong Standard, 19 August 1987.