‘The Right to Justice’: political slogan or something more sinister?

The Right to Justice (Fabian Policy Report, September 2017.

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Let’s be clear: “Right to die” and “Withdrawal of treatment” are not the same

The recent judgment of Mr Justice Peter Jackson that doctors and relatives do not always need to consult the court before withdrawing medical treatment from a terminally ill patient has been reported under headlines labelling it a “right to die” case. This is wrong and risks conflating two quite different situations in the lay reader’s mind.

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Domestic Abuse – revised guidance issued – what does it say?

PD12J is the part of the family court rules that sets out how the court should deal with allegations of domestic abuse.

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Post-Brexit frameworks—what are the options?

The UK government policy papers outlining the legal mechanisms for engaging with the EU after Brexit have come in for protracted criticism. With reciprocity a key element of settling disputes in family law, Eleri Jones, barrister at 1 Garden Court, explains the options.

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Social workers should not hide – they are accountable to all of us

Child protection social workers are agents of the state, says Lucy Reed.

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The shaggy dog that turned out to be a woolly sheep

As long ago as April a number of lawyers began asking questions to clarify public criticisms made by John Hemming about a case dealt with in the family court.

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Should I apply for an Emergency Protection Order?

We’ve noticed that in a recent post the Researching Reform blog has highlighted the fact that it is possible for a parent to make an application for an Emergency Protection Order, an emergency order that is usually only made by social services to remove a child from home.

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Mediation and the judge’s letter to ‘Sam’

Judges need to ‘use their imaginations’.

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National Centre for Domestic Violence

There is a very concerning piece abut the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) on Buzzfeed : A Major UK Domestic Violence Organisation Faces Accusations Of Failing Victims And Taking Inappropriate Payments.

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Hart Felt: (Non)Matrimonial Money in Hart v Hart

There have been a few articles in the newspapers about the latest judgment in Hart v Hart, a long-running case about the financial outcome of Mr and Mrs Hart’s divorce proceedings.

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Sinister, Secretive and Cruel – A Fair Characterisation?

Lara Prendergast wrote a piece in The Spectator last week that ran under this headline :
The sinister power of Britain’s family courts – Even if decisions are obviously cruel and unjust, the public is often not allowed to know.

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Solicitors in a state of flux

On 31 August the Court of Appeal handed down the judgment in the big money case of Mr and Mrs Hart.

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Justice: how open in family proceedings?

The term ‘private’ is not defined. Plainly it is something different from ‘open court’; but does it mean entirely secret, or confidential, or does it mean only that public may be admitted if the court agrees?

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The value of pre-trial preparations in care proceedings

A case determining the care plans for seven children offers practitioners useful guidance on how advocates and judges can approach pre-trial preparations to the good of all sides.

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Representation of children and their rights

Law on child’s rights to representation and legal aid.

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