Is Time Running Out For Section 20 of The Children Act? – Family Law Week

Posted April 17th, 2014 in birth, care orders, children, local government, news, social services, time limits by tracey

‘Julie Stather, barrister of 42 Bedford Row, examines the recent use of section 20 and considers its future in the light of the impending 26 week limit for care proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 16th April 2014

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A Family Justice System Fit for Families – Family Law Week

Posted April 17th, 2014 in children, courts, delay, divorce, family courts, news, time limits by tracey

‘Justice Minister Simon Hughes MP welcomes the family justice changes which come into force on the 22nd April.’

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Family Law Week, 16th April 2014

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Paul Weller wins damages from the Mail Online – BBC News

‘Rock star Paul Weller has won £10,000 damages after pictures of his children were “plastered” on the Mail Online.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2014

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Regina (JC and another) v Central Criminal Court (Just for Kids Law intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (JC and another) v Central Criminal Court (Just for Kids Law intervening): [2014] EWHC 1041 (Admin);   [2014] WLR (D)  166

‘Any order made by any court under section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 prohibiting the identification of (among others) a defendant under the age of 18 years could not extend to reports of the proceedings after the subject of the order had reached the age of majority at 18.’

WLR Daily, 8th April 2014

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Baby in Alessandra Pacchieri forced caesarean case adopted – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2014 in adoption, birth, children, consent, Court of Protection, Italy, mental health, news by tracey

‘The daughter of an Italian woman who had a forced caesarean section while in the UK has been adopted by “good and loving people”, the country’s top family judge has announced.’

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The Guardian, 15th April 2014

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Disrepair: La luta continua! – NearlyLegal

Posted April 14th, 2014 in children, costs, damages, fees, landlord & tenant, legal aid, news, rent, repairs by sally

’2013 was a difficult year for claimant disrepair. Changes in legal aid funding have made it all but impossible to pursue a disrepair claim under legal aid alone, as funding is only available for an order to carry out repairs to where there is serious risk to health or well being of the tenant or other occupiers, and not for further repairs or the damages claim (although full funding remains for a counterclaim to a possession claim, which can be brought after the possession order).’

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NearlyLegal, 13th April 2014

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In re G (A Child) (Non-relative Carer: application for leave for residence order; application for joinder to proceedings) – WLR Daily

Posted April 10th, 2014 in adoption, appeals, carers, children, law reports, residence orders by sally

In re G (A Child) (Non-relative Carer: application for leave for residence order; application for joinder to proceedings) [2014] EWCA 432; [2014] WLR (D) 159

‘Where, in adoption proceedings, an unrelated carer sought leave to be joined and to apply for a residence order, care was required in looking to the questions of: locus under the various potentially applicable statutory provisions; whether, and if so how, to have regard to a “change in circumstances”; and whether the child’s welfare was to be regarded as paramount.’

WLR Daily, 8th April 2014

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Anonymity protection for under age defendants expires when they are 18: High Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 10th, 2014 in anonymity, children, explosives, media, news, terrorism, young offenders by sally

‘This case raises the question whether an order made under s. 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 … prohibiting the identification of (among others) a defendant under the age of 18 years, can last indefinitely or whether it automatically expires when that person attains the age of 18 years. It has wide implications not only for young defendants but also for victims, witnesses, others concerned in proceedings and, of course, the media. [Sir Brian Leveson P, giving the judgment of the court , opening the case at para 1].’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th April 2014

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Local Authority Focus – Families with No Recourse to Public Funding and Part III of the Children Act – Family Law Week

Posted April 9th, 2014 in children, families, human rights, immigration, local government, news by sally

‘Sally Gore, barrister of Fourteen, considers a pressing concern of local authorities and immigrant families: the duties owed under Part III of the Children Act 1989 to individuals who have no recourse to public funding.’

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Family Law Week, 9th April 2014

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Changes in the law on Habitual Residence – No. 5 Chambers

Posted April 8th, 2014 in children, domicile, news, residence orders, Supreme Court by sally

‘Over the last 12 months there have been substantial developments in the law on habitual residence following judgments handed down from the Supreme Court, most notably in the cases of Re A (Children: Habitual Residence) [2013] UKSC 60, and the recent decision of LC (children) [2014] UKSC 1, handed down in early January. This article will focus on the changes brought about by these two decisions.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 25th March 2014

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Attorney general resists call to protect witnesses from court cross-examination – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2014 in attorney general, children, cross-examination, judiciary, news, trials, witnesses by sally

‘Dominic Grieve QC, the attorney general, has resisted calls for young and vulnerable witnesses to be cross-examined by a judge rather than several barristers to avoid aggressive courtroom questioning .’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2014

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Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) becomes part of the Ministry of Justice – Ministry of Justice

‘The welfare of children will be brought closer to the family court system as key safeguarding organisation Cafcass joins the Ministry of Justice, Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st April 2014

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Murder of baby Callum Wilson by his mother Emma Wilson ‘could have been prevented’, review finds – The Independent

Posted April 1st, 2014 in children, health, murder, news, reports, social services by sally

‘An 11-month-old boy who was beaten to death by his mother could have been saved if health and social workers had raised the alarm about his earlier injuries, a serious case review has concluded.

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The Independent, 31st March 2014

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Judge orders toddler to be returned to parents after nearly a year in care – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 1st, 2014 in care orders, child abuse, children, news, personal injuries, social services by sally

‘A little boy who suffered brain injuries after falling from a bed should be returned to his parents after being taken into care nearly a year ago amid, the High Court has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2014

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Porn sites must enforce age checks, says UK industry regulator – The Independent

Posted March 31st, 2014 in children, internet, licensing, news, pornography, statistics by sally

‘Pornography websites should require users to prove they are over the age of 18, a UK industry regulator has said.’

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The Independent, 28th March 2014

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Legal aid cuts leave family courts in chaos, experts say – The Guardian

‘Cuts in legal aid are creating chaos in the family courts, according to legal experts, who warn that the resulting delays are having a serious impact on the children of warring parents.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2014

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The child’s voice – New Law Journal

Posted March 28th, 2014 in child abduction, children, domicile, news by sally

‘Kirstie Gibson considers the approach taken by the court to determine the habitual residence of a child.’

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New Law Journal, 28th March 2014

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Rape victim’s children face ‘barbaric’ forced adoption – BBC News

Posted March 28th, 2014 in adoption, children, domestic violence, news, rape by sally

‘A mother has described a decision to put her children up for adoption over fears that she may get back with her violent former partner as “barbaric”.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2014

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Care Proceedings: The European Dimension – Family Law Week

‘Michael Jones, barrister of 15 Winckley Square Chambers, offers a guide to practitioners conducting care proceedings involving families with European origins.’

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Family Law Week, 25th March 2014

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Daniel Pelka case council branded inadequate by Ofsted – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2014 in children, news, reports, social services by sally

‘Children’s services in Coventry – in the spotlight since four-year-old Daniel Pelka’s death – have been branded “inadequate” by Ofsted.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2014

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