Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship

This interim guidance is issued by the Family Justice Council with the approval of the Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, in response to some of the issues identified in Re P-S (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1407.

Full guidance: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Forced marriage unit reports spike in cases as awareness rises

Goverment body gave advice or support in 1,764 cases in 2018, up 47% on previous year.

Full story: The Guardian

Family court judge refuses to reopen FGM case after man was cleared in criminal case

A family court judge who concluded that a man played a part in subjecting a three-year-old girl to female genital mutilation (FGM) has refused to reopen the case.

Full story: Care Appointments

New Cafcass chief executive announced

Jacky Tiotto will replace Anthony Douglas head of the family court advisory service.

Full story: Community Care

£15 million for project to reduce numbers of children in care

The new programme will be modelled on Family Drug and Alcohol Courts and Family Group Conferencing.

Full story: Community Care

Spotlight on child protection in family courts

A panel of experts will review how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences, Ministers announced today (Tuesday 21 May).

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 becomes law

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 16 May and became law on that day.

Full story: Family Law Week

Thousands of new foster families needed this year

Over 8,500 foster families are needed across the UK over the next year according to new figures published by The Fostering Network.

Full story: Family Law Week
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N (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 903 (22 May 2019)

Child arrangements proceedings. Appeal by father against order dismissing application to vary s.91(14) order. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

Manchester Universtity NHS Foundation Trust v DE [2019] EWCOP 19 (19 April 2019)

Application by NHS Trust for a declaration that patient lacks capacity to conduct proceedings, and to consent to treatment on her left leg.

Full report: Bailii

I (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 898 (24 May 2019)

Appeal by mother against finding of fact in care proceedings. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

R (A Child) [2019] EWCA Civ 895 (24 May 2019)

Appeal against one of the findings in a fact-finding judgment in care proceedings concerning five children.

Full report: Bailii

J-S (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 894 (24 May 2019)

Appeal by father against interim care order, including consideration of the power to order electronic tagging.

Full report: Bailii
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Speech by President of the Family Division: Nicholas Wall Memorial Lecture 2019

In this lecture, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, looks at the The Children Act 1989 and an overview of the last 30 years.

Full speech: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, via Family Law Hub

Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, May 2019

Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during April 2019.

Full article: Family Law Week

Till divorce do us part

Clamour for divorce reform should be seen alongside the less well-publicised unfairness caused by outdated marriage laws, says David Burrows.

Full article: Family Law
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Judge agrees learning disabled man can make his own choice about marriage and should be told about his finances

In May this year Mr Justice Francis handed down a carefully anonymised judgment in a case concerning PBM, a man in his mid-twenties who had an acquired brain injury as a result of a deliberate injection of insulin by his father when he was 12 months old.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the ordinary residence water….

Re S (A child) 2017.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Tag -you’re it (or not)

J-S (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 894 (24 May 2019).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

NB on Re NB

The Court of protection case Re NB.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Courts: fit for the future – but not for the present?

More than a year has passed since the Transparency Project submitted its response (among many others) to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on the future strategy of court and tribunal estate reform. Now at last the MOJ has issued its own response.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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