Mother asks judge to choose whether her baby son should live or die

The mother was 'in turmoil' and did not want to 'participate' in the decision to turn off her son's life-support machine.

Full story: The Telegraph

Charities launch damning report on children’s rights in the UK

‘Children are bearing the brunt of Government’s spending decisions’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Mr Justice Mostyn issues new statement on the efficient conduct of financial remedy hearings

Mr Justice Mostyn has released a 'Statement on the Efficient Conduct of Financial Remedy Hearings Allocated to a High Court Judge whether Sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice or Elsewhere'.

Practice Guidance: Family Law

Police must reassess their approach to child protection

HMIC warns of risk of failing a new generation of children.

Full story: Family Law Week

Domestic abusers to wear GPS tracking devices

Northumbria Police unveil a pilot scheme that will allow victims of domestic abuse to be warned when there ex-partners are close by.

Full story: The Telegraph

SRA to probe solicitor in relationship with client during “shameful” contact battle

A solicitor who is in a relationship with his client while she goes through an acrimonious contact dispute is to be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, with a High Court judge saying that the lawyer is “in a situation where he cannot give independent professional advice”.

Full story: Legal Futures

Mr Justice Mostyn: Nobody anticipated “savagery” of legal aid cuts

Mr Justice Mostyn has delivered some of the strongest judicial criticisms yet of the legal aid cuts and warned that “more are in prospect” under a majority Conservative government.

Full story: Legal Futures

Disappointing government mediation data highlights role of judges in boosting take-up

The family court system has an ace to play to help salvage government plans to increase the take-up of family mediation, says a leading family charity after new official data showed mediation has yet to return to pre-legal aid cut levels.

Full story: Family Law
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Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v MH [2015] EWHC 1920 (Fam) (24 June 2015)

Application by NHS Trust seeking authority to withhold medical treatment from a 7 year old child.

Full report: Bailii

R (A Child), Re [2015] EWCA Civ 674 (02 July 2015)

Appeal against decision that English court had jurisdiction to entertain care proceedings regarding child of Moroccan father. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

WW v HW [2015] EWHC 1844 (Fam) (10 June 2015)

Judgment in financial remedies application, including consideration of pre-nuptial agreement.

Full report: Bailii

JB v MB [2015] EWHC 1846 (Fam) (10 June 2015)

Final hearing of application for financial remedies following divorce, including consideration of shareholding owned by husband.

Full report: Bailii

ED, Re [2015] EWFC B84 (29 May 2015)

Care proceedings relating to 3 children. Fact-finding hearing regarding cause of injury to one child.

Full report: Bailii
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Speech by Hon Mr Justice Mostyn: Magna Carta and Access to Justice in Family Proceedings

Magna Carta and Access to Justice in Family Proceedings speech by The Hon Mr Justice Mostyn at the National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference, Sydney 18 – 19 June 2015.

Full speech: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Surrogacy Law Update (June 2015)

Andrew Powell, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, examines recent developments in surrogacy law.

Full article: Family Law Week

Court bundles – be warned

Court bundles may not be the most enthralling or captivating subject for a legal update, but the run of recent cases on the issue is essential reading for practitioners if they wish to avoid censure, adverse costs orders or worse – being publicly named and shamed.

Full article: Law Society Gazette
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Local Authority, go and sit in the naughty corner

TM and TJ (children : Care Orders) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Mother and solicitor sitting in a tree…

This is a case called Re K v D (Parental Conflict) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Anonymity for victim of child sexual abuse/exploitation

Birmingham City Council and Riaz 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Discharge of care order (IRO takes a kicking)

Re X (Discharge of Care Order) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Care arrangements for severely autistic man did not deprive him of his liberty

Bournemouth Borough Council v PS and another [2015] EWCOP.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog
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