Children’s rights, views and interests not on the agenda of Parliament or the President, claims report

A study exploring the degree to which children and young people have a right to have their private lives kept private has been published today.

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26 week rule is not a ‘straitjacket’, confirms President

In M-F (Children) [2104] EWCA Civ 991, the President, considering an appeal 67 weeks after care proceedings began (ie before the pilot revised PLO), stated that "the 26 weeks rule 'is not, and must never be allowed to become, a straightjacket."

Full story: Family Law Week

Case management guidance given in Court of Protection

In Re PB [2014] EWCOP 14 Mrs Justice Parker has given consideration to the specific case management needs of the Court of Protection.

Full story: Family Law Week

£20 million funding to help children adopted from care

An extra 10,000 schoolchildren adopted from care to benefit from additional pupil premium money.

Full story: Department for Education

Thousands of domestic abusers let off criminal charges for saying sorry

Number of incidents of domestic violence dealt with informally through "community resolutions" instead of prosecutions more than doubles in four years new figures show.

Full story: The Telegraph

‘Government does not understand the extent of sham marriage problem’

The Home Affairs Select Committee has said that it is not convinced that the Home Office has a true understanding of the scale of the problem in relation to sham marriages.

Full story: Family Law Week

Domestic violence could become a specific offence, David Cameron says

The Prime Minister says he will consider a new offence for those who attack their partners that will take into account a pattern of abuse.

Full story: The Telegraph

Children will be seen and heard in Family Courts

Children will be given a greater voice in the family justice system so they can tell judges how they feel and what they think about the family disputes they are involved in.

Full story: Ministry of Justice
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London Borough of Redbridge v G & Ors [2014] EWHC 17 (COP) (21 July 2014)

Judgment concerning the care of a woman lacking capacity.

Full report: Bailii

W (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1065 (25 July 2014)

Appeal by mother against residence order in favour of paternal grandmother, the children having been placed with her in response to warning by local authority that it might otherwise issue care proceedings. Appeal allowed.

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London Borough of Barking and Dagenham v C & Ors [2014] EWHC 2472 (Fam) (03 July 2014)

Care proceedings. Judgment concerning transfer to Romanian authorities.

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United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust v N [2014] EWCOP 16 (21 July 2014)

Judgment concerning issue as to whether it would be lawful and in the best interests of a woman in a minimally conscious state for the NHS Trust to make further efforts to establish and maintain a method of providing her with artificial nutrition.

Full report: Bailii

X (A Child) [2014] EWHC 2522 (Fam) (23 July 2014)

Care proceedings. Application by father for disclosure of overview report prepared in connection with serious case review. Application dismissed.

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Welfare of the animal versus property test – the treatment of pets on divorce

More and more pet owners are turning to solicitors to obtain ownership rights over their pet upon the breakdown of their relationship.

Full article: Family Law

Simon Hughes' speech at the Voice of the Child conference

Simon Hughes' speech to the Family Justice Young People's Board 'Voice of the Child' conference.

Full article: Ministry of Justice

Children: Public Law Update (July 2014)

John Tughan, barrister, of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in public law children cases.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Administrative law and the family courts

Public bodies and applications in the family court.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

The Strange Case of Surrogacy Law

Legal Liberal looks at an anomaly in surrogacy law.

Full post: Legal Liberal

serious case review versus judicial review – a (cough) review

Who ‘owns’ a Serious Case Review, and what rights or powers do the Courts have over its disclosure?

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Re B: Children giving evidence

A summary of Re B (Child Evidence) [2014] EWCA Civ 1015.

Full post: Family Lore

Abuse by the State: the inherent jurisdiction in Parker J’s hands

Allan Norman argues that two judgments of Parker J bring the inherent jurisdiction into disrepute.

Full post: Celtic Knot
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