The Open Justice Principle – the clue is in the title…

A little while ago we wrote about a case called Cape v Dring ... the reason we wrote about it was because it dealt with the principles that apply to applications for sight of documents produced in the course of a court case under the ‘open justice principle’.

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Legal advice on online forums and social media (Part I)

There are many concerns expressed about the quality of advice now available to parties in family court cases, as so few have lawyers. This blog post discusses the results of a research project on this topic led by Dr Tatiana Tkacukova, School of English, Birmingham City University.

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Open justice: family law developments in 2019

Over the past twelve months – how has the common law been considered and developed in the area of open justice, in family proceedings and in other common law cases which apply to family law?

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President says ‘We can’t cope’ – oh, and that transparency review is Go!

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane (that’s ‘Top Judge’ to you), has sent us his Christmas letter.

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Judge’s subservience to Parliament and the government

"There are already many areas of law where judges recognise their subservience to Parliament’s will", explains David Burrows.

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Informal Trusts of Land: W(h)ither different approaches for domestic and commercial contexts?

This post considers two recent cases concerning the ownership of land: Tahir v Faizi and Kahrmann v Harrison-Morgan.

Full post: Oxford Law Faculty Property Law Blog

State of the Union: Scotland, England, and the Villiers divorce case

On 9 and 10 December 2019, the Supreme Court heard an appeal between Charles Villiers  and his wife Emma Villiers.

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When verdicts and findings collide

Last week Mr Justice Baker (now Lord Justice Baker) published three judgments from care proceedings, naming the parents of a child known as Q. Q had suffered a range of injuries, including rib fractures and head injuries, and those injuries had been inflicted by one or other – or both of his parents.

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Judge believes blameless parents and sends baby home

His Honour Judge Dancey has published a judgment in which he explains why he has decided that social services have failed to prove that either parent caused a skull fracture sustained by their baby, with the result that the baby is going home.

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‘Do Separating Parents Need the Family Court?’ – the annual Family Justice Council debate

Here are just a few points of interest we took from the speakers on the night (heavily paraphrased) pending the full, verbatim transcript /recording that will follow at the FJC site soon.

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