Judge sets out limits of using ‘inherent jurisdiction’ to deprive liberty in gang member case

Court turns down council's attempt to detain 17-year-old involved in gang violence and believed to be at risk of attack.

Full story: Community Care

Judges overturn 'forced abortion' ruling

A woman has won an appeal against a court ruling that would have seen her mentally ill daughter forced to have an abortion.

Full story: BBC News

Man who refused to register son's birth loses high court case

Father said he did not want his baby to be controlled by the British state.

Full story: The Guardian

Whitehall’s paralysis is letting down Children in Need: Children’s Commissioner

‘The next Government must look seriously at the life chances of vulnerable children’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge gives doctors go-ahead to abort vulnerable woman’s baby

A judge has given doctors the go-ahead to perform an abortion on a pregnant mentally-ill woman.

Full story: Care Appointments

McFarlane tells family lawyers: don't do more than a full day's work

Tweets highlighting unreasonable judicial behaviour are likely to be referred to local leadership judges, the president of the family division has warned, after reading two social media posts last weekend about judges.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Family Justice Panel update

Panel members confirmed to steer call for evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Doctors ask Court of Protection judge to approve abortion for mentally-ill woman

Doctors want a judge in a specialist court to allow them to perform an abortion on a mentally-ill woman who is 22 weeks pregnant.

Full story: Care Appointments
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Lawson, Mottram and Hopton, Re (appointment of personal welfare deputies) [2019] EWCOP 22 (25 June 2019)

Hearing of three applications for permission to apply for the appointment of personal welfare deputies, with particular focus on the question as to whether such appointments should only be made "in the most difficult cases".

Full report: Bailii

SC v TC [2019] EWHC 1637 (Fam) (14 March 2019)

Appeal against order moving residence of child to father. The appeal was allowed, as the hearing was flawed due to there having been direct communication between the Judge and the solicitor at NYAS and others, without the knowledge of either parent.

Full report: Bailii

Z (care orders : designated local authority), Re [2019] EWFC B30 (11 June 2019)

Care proceedings concerning four children, in which the issue arose as to which local authority should be the designated local authority.

Full report: Bailii

C (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 900 (07 March 2018)

Appeal by local authority against decision as to designated local authority in care proceedings. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

XY, Re Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 [2019] EWHC 1610 (Fam) (21 June 2019)

Judgment confirming that in Inheritance Act proceedings the parties should comply with FPR PD27A in the preparation of bundles for hearings taking place in the High Court.

Full report: Bailii
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Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, June 2019

Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP considers the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during May 2019.

Full article: Family Law Week

Lessons to be learned from Re: L [2019] EWHC 867 (Fam)

Anarkali Musgrave, barrister with Coram Chambers, looks at Re: L, a case involving an application by the father for change of residence of a child, in which the Guardian chose not to seek the child's wishes and feelings.

Full article: Family Law Week

Mediation post-LASPO

Philippa Hemery, mediator at One Pump Court Chambers, tracks the recent history of family mediation take-up and looks at what might be done to increase access to mediation.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Who are the Beatles? And can they fix my computer?

The press love a story about out of touch judges – think ‘Who are The Beatles?’. And so with this headline in the Mail Online : ‘Technophobe’ judges delay £1.2bn justice system reforms as plan to use new software in family court hearings is dropped.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Fight for Life: Best interests, sick children and the Battleground

In the recent case of Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v OA , the court had to decide the fate of a 13-month-old-girl, known as M, who was born with end stage renal failure.

Full post: The Transparency Project

All at sea

T (A child), Re [2019] EWHC 1572 (Fam) (12 June 2019).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Towards and untowards

London Borough of Wandsworth v Lennard [2019] EWHC 1552 (Fam) (14 June 2019).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Wellbeing and the Family Justice System by Sir Andrew McFarlane

Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, on judicial behaviour, the impact of pressure facing family courts and future plans to try and reduce it.

Full post: Wellbeing at the Bar
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