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Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 08:52 GMT 09:52 UK
Fathers win child access meeting
Jolly Stanesby
Jolly Stanesby ended his protest on Thursday night
A pressure group campaigning to change the way fathers are treated by family courts is to meet a government minister.

Fathers 4 Justice members will meet Lord Filkin after two men, dressed as Batman and Robin, and calling themselves "the caped crusaders for justice", staged a rooftop protest.

Jolly Stanesby, from Ivybridge in Devon, and fellow protester Eddie Gorecki, from Romford in Essex, began their protest at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday.

Mr Gorecki came down on Wednesday because he had flu, while Mr Stanesby ended his protest on Thursday night.

He was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and bailed pending further investigations.

Spokesman Glen Poole said they would now have the opportunity to put their case in person.

The argument as to whether there is a problem has been won, it's now what is the solution
Glen Poole, Fathers 4 Justice
Fathers do not have a right currently to see their children following a divorce or separation, only the right to apply to a court to arrange access.

He added: "We will settle for nothing less than a legal right to see our kids.

"Everyone accepts the courts need to be changed - the law profession, parents, even judges.

"The argument as to whether there is a problem has been won, it's now what is the solution."

The rooftop protesters intended to remain at the Royal Courts for a week but had taken no food, clothes or bedding with them.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Constitutional Affairs confirmed Lord Filkin, who has responsibility for the family law system, had agreed to meet the organisation at a future date.

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