Absolutely Transparent

"Transparency in family justice is an issue that cannot be swept under the carpet – it ain’t going away." Says Lucy Reed.

Full post: Pink Tape

What to do in the interim?

Interlocutory orders when the Court is faced with disputed allegations of non-accidental injury.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Government to review child protection thresholds

The government is set to review child protection thresholds and whether there should be nationally set “triggers” for taking a child into care.

Full post: The Children's Services Blog

Access all stakeholders

Lucy Reed explains the Family Justice Knowledge Hub.

Full post: Pink Tape

Does a child have a RIGHT to give evidence? Does anyone?

The Court of Appeal decision in Re P-S (Children) 2013.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Child care proceedings ~ hearing the views of the child

"P-S (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 223 is an interesting case - Judgment. It concerned care proceedings in which a 15 year old child wished to attend court to give evidence in support of his case to return to the care of his Mother." Says ObiterJ.

Full post: Law and Lawyers

Haranguing Haringey

The case of AB and Another v London Borough of Haringey 2013 and the valuable lessons that can be learned from it.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Quashing the child protection investigation: self-serving or breaching the dam?

Part 2 of a discussion of AB & Anor, R (on the application of) v The London Borough of Haringey [2013] EWHC 416 (Admin).

Full post: The Not So Big Society

Data-gathering: damned if we do, damned if we don’t?

Part 1 of a discussion of AB & Anor, R (on the application of) v The London Borough of Haringey [2013] EWHC 416 (Admin).

Full post: The Not So Big Society

“Ex parte removal by the back door”

A discussion of the Court of Appeal decision in Re L (A Child) 2013.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

KS v ND (Schedule 1: Appeal: Costs): The madness of reckless litigation

KS v ND (Schedule 1: Appeal: Costs) [2013] EWHC 464 (Fam) is yet another salutary tale of of the costs consequences of "reckless and foolhardy" litigation.

Full post: Family Lore

A little help from my McKenzie Friend – might be frowned upon

"I revisited the case of Re H (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1797 recently, having read a blog post about it on Suesspicious Minds entitled Oh Lord, won’t you buy me, a McKenzie Friend?" Says Lucy Reed.

Full post: Pink Tape

Case Comment – In the Matter of J (Children) [2013] UKSC 9

On 20 February 2013 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the matter of J (Children).

Full post: UKSC blog

Case Comment: Re L and B (Children) [2013] UKSC 8

This case concerned a judge’s power to reverse his/her decision before an order has been perfected.

Full post: UKSC blog

French authorities failed British mother in Cross-Channel custody dispute

The European Court of Human Rights found today that the French authorities had failed to have sufficient respect for the family life of a British mother and her two children.

Full post: Family Matters

TF v FF: Discouraging profligate waste of costs

As Mr Justice Jackson said when he began his brief judgment, his decision in TF v FF [2013] EWHC 390 (Fam) contains a somewhat novel element.

Full post: Family Lore

“To lose on a case once in the Court of Appeal may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose three times on the same case looks like carelessness”

The misadventures of the LA in the case of Re B (2012) (the Slovakian grandmother case).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

See Through Justice

Lucy Reed explains how transparency is edging closer.

Full post: Pink Tape

Keep feeling FAScination, or Bolt-On Wanderers

If you do any advocacy in family proceedings, you will be familiar with the FAS form (the Family Advocacy Scheme) that the advocate has to hand in to the Court to have stamped, in order to get paid for their work.

Full post: suesspiciousminds