Family Solicitors Ipswich – Sobriety bracelet being trialled

Nicola Furmston

‘The Family Drug and Alcohol Court, led by District Judge Nicholas Crichton, is trialling the use of a ‘sobriety bracelet’, in an effort to assist the court with its decision-making in care cases. In the past, parents accused of drug and alcohol use have only been able to make use of limited and fallible drug/alcohol tests when trying to establish sobriety. The ScramX bracelets, developed by drug-testing firm Concateno, test alcohol levels every 30 minutes. They are said to be easy to forget about when on, although not water-proof.  Evidence suggests that the longer a person is sober the easier it is to remain sober. So even where parents have recently consumed alcohol the bracelets have a use in encouraging them to remain sober so that their children can remain in the family home or have meaningful contact arrangements.’

Nicola Furmston is a family law solicitor at Barker Gotelee, solicitors in Suffolk

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