Court of Appeal gives guidance on Secure Accommodation Orders

A Local Authority v B’s mother; B’s father; B’s stepfather; and B (through her Cafcass guardian); the Association of Lawyers for Children (intervening) [2019] EWCA Civ 2025.

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How does the family court treat domestic abuse?: A snapshot (continued – Part 7)

AB v XY [2019] EWHC 1468 (Fam) (07 June 2019).

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Orphans from Syria

Mr Justice Keehan has this week published an extraordinary judgment of a mere 17 staccato paragraphs. It is called Re Orphans From Syria [2019] EWHC 3202 (Fam).

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Re B-S for Secure Accommodation BIG BIG BIG

B (Secure Accommodation Order), Re (Rev 1) [2019] EWCA Civ 2025 (21 November 2019).

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Family courts appeals and open justice

Moves towards openness in family proceedings.

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The President’s New Clothes

This week has seen reports in the legal press of a speech in which the President of the Family Division set out an idea for a research project about news reports containing accounts of how family courts have handled domestic abuse claims.

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Light Relief

Lucy Reed describes her journey going paperless.

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The transparency of family court appeals: the new Practice Direction 30B

In family proceedings, some appeals go to the Court of Appeal, some (mostly) to a High Court judge in the Family Division of the High Court or the Family Court.

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Blood products and Jehovah’s Witnesses: An NHS Trust v C NHS Trust & Ors

In An NHS Trust v C NHS Trust & Ors [2019] EWHC 3033 (Fam), CX, now fourteen, had been diagnosed with lymphatic cancer when he was three.

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Brothers’ and sisters’ rights in care

Many people believe that we do not pay enough attention to the rights of children in care to stay with, or at least stay in touch with, their brothers and sisters.

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“Financial advisers – better at financial advice than law – who’da thunk it?”

This week, the Telegraph featured an article with the headline I’m getting divorced. Do I need a financial adviser?

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The Public and the ‘Future Court’

A Future Court and Tribunal Service Built for Users was the title of Tuesday’s HMCTS annual public event to inform court users and their representatives about progress of the court modernisation programme, 12 months since the last such update.

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‘Are you here because of the significant failure?’

As it happens I wasn’t, and the lawyer who asked me this had assumed wrongly. I was attending court just to see what was on that day, and to use the legal blogging pilot to try to report a typical day in the life of a circuit judge.

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Ordinary heartbreak

This post is about a hearing I attended recently as a legal blogger. This hearing was a case management hearing in a care case.

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“And all the pieces matter…”

S (A Child: Adequacy of Reasoning), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 1845 (31 October 2019).

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Practice directions and President’s guidance

Creating ‘law’ by practice direction and guidance.

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President’s guidance as to reporting on family courts

Sir Andrew McFarlane stated that guidance to courts would need to be issued to address the uncertainty that existed if a journalist or legal blogger entitled to attend court asked for leave to publish information from the hearing.

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Guidance to ‘reporters’ on varying reporting restrictions orders

President’s guidance on procedure.

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