Shi-Anne Downer – Press Coverage and Serious Case Review

The publication of the Serious Case Review in the very sad case of Shi-Anne (Keegan) Downer, murdered at 18 months old by her Special Guardian Kandyce Downer, has prompted a fresh round of press coverage of the circumstances of her death.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Keehan as mustard ? Costs order against Lord Chancellor

Re H (A minor) v Northamptonshire CC 2017.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Parental consent not required for section 20 accommodation

Is it a breach of a local authority’s duty under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, and article 8 of the ECHR, to keep children in foster care without their parent’s consent?

Full post: Community Care Blog

When child protection goes wrong – can you claim any financial compensation?

This post follows a recent report of an adult who has taken legal action against a local authority for failures to do their job properly or at all, resulting in harm to that individual.

Full post: The Transparency Project

The Kirklees Case: What’s going on with the Human Rights Act?

What I would like to examine here and briefly, is the recent decision of Cobb J in the recent case involving Kirklees Council CZ (Human Rights Claim: Costs) [2017] EWFC 11 (16 February 2017).

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Teresa Kirk and the Court of Protection – the end of an “astonishing story”

The story is that of Teresa Kirk, the 71 year old grandmother “jailed by a secret court” because she refused to comply with the court’s order to return her elderly and mentally incapacitated brother, Manuel Martins, to England from a care home in Portugal in which she had placed him in August 2015.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Online courts: What’s the ‘human’ impact?

The testing of online courts should not simply be about whether the technology works, said Andrew Langdon QC, chairman of the Bar at an event on 16 February hosted by the UCL Judicial Institute, ‘The Case for Online Courts’.

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Child’s evidence – Part 2: contact and domestic violence

Child welfare, contact – and a practice direction.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

An unreasonable petition?

There are reports of an unusual case heard in the Court of Appeal recently: a wife appeals against a judge’s refusal to grant her a divorce from her husband because she can’t stand his behaviour any more and says the relationship has broken down irretrievably.

Full story: The Transparency Project

Financial remedy judgments—to anonymise or not to anonymise?

The decision in X v X concerned the issue of anonymisation of a financial remedy judgment in divorce proceedings which had been widely reported in the press. John Stables, barrister at 5RB, considers the implications of this judgment.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Child’s right to be heard: before and after EU withdrawal

In Re S (a Child), through a fog of imprecise chronology and unavailable evidence (or was it uncalled, in the case of the child?), the Court of Appeal were able to allow one ground only of a mother’s appeal.

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Human rights, damages and costs – important case

The High Court have given judgment in Re CZ (Human Rights Claim:Costs) 2017.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Enforcement of Family Financial Orders: Iqbal is the perfect example of why reform is needed.

This is a post by Zoe Saunders, barrister at St John’s Chambers about the case of Iqbal v Iqbal [2017] EWCA Civ 19 (25 January 2017).

Full post: The Transparency Project

Brewster : “Shifting (or not) the Supreme Court’s view on marriage”

In the Matter of an Application by Denise Brewster for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2017] UKSC 8.

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Mrs Millstone…?

The press has been full with news stories about the case of Mr and Mrs Mills, and although no judgment has yet been published, further details have emerged as the week has worn on.

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Keep feeling Vaccination

Re SL (Permission to vaccinate) 2017.

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Mrs Norman – the wife who lost her “cloak of anonymity”

We wrote in January about a case reported as a wife losing her fight to keep divorce hearings secret.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Should courts order vaccination against parents’ wishes?

SL (Permission to Vaccinate), Re 2017 EWHC (Fam) EWHC (30 January 2017) [2017] EWHC 125 (Fam).

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Domestic violence children contact and a new PD12J

In this note, in an attempt to provide clarity in any debate, I should like to look at the statutory principles in issue,

Full post: dbfamilylaw

The end of Human Rights Act claims for misuse of section 20?

This post is the opinion of Sarah Phillimore about the impact of London Borough of Hackney v Williams & Anor upon claims for damages for breach of human rights in cases where children have been accommodated under section 20 of the Children Act 1989.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Re X – a trade off between privacy and anonymity?

Two judgments have recently been published by Mr Justice Bodey in a financial remedy case. The case is interesting in terms of the law around financial remedies, and from a transparency perspective.

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On-line divorce scheme: an update…

Users to be recruited for on-line divorce system.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

The Daily Mail’s Court of Protection explainer : “What is the Court of Protection?”

The “explainer” does not explain very much about the Court, contains many inaccuracies, and omits information which would give the public a better understanding of its work.

Full post: The Transparency Project