Care Proceedings and the European Dimension: Article 15 Transfers – Family Law Week

‘Michael Jones, barrister of 15 Winckley Square, considers recent developments in respect of care proceedings involving another European state.’

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Family Law Week, 16th September 2014

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A bold new vision for the treatment of victims – Ministry of Justice

‘Victims’ rights will be enshrined in law as part of a major set of reforms announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 14th September 2014

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Child witness court video evidence expansion planned – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2014 in children, Crown Court, evidence, news, sexual offences, trials, victims, video recordings, witnesses by sally

‘Changes to allow children and abuse victims in England and Wales to film their evidence before a trial begins should be brought in “as fast as possible”, a justice minister has said.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2014

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Judge condemns Crown Prosecution Service for pursuing sex case – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge Anthony Morris QC had urged prosecutors to pull the sex assault case before the trial had even begun because of lack of evidence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2014

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Durrant Round 2: What to do when the court has refused to let you rely upon your evidence – Zenith PI Blog

Posted September 8th, 2014 in appeals, evidence, news, police, time limits, witnesses by sally

‘As you will remember, at the end of 2013 the CA refused to allow the Defendant to rely upon witness statements which had been served out of time. Therefore when the Claimant’s claim for damages for false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, Breach of Article 3 and defamation came before the court in August 2014, the only statements read by the court were those provided by the Claimant, and the only live evidence came from the Claimant and one witness on her behalf. The court did, however, also view CCTV.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 5th September 2014

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When innocent men go to jail: miscarriages of justice in Britain – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 5th, 2014 in appeals, criminal justice, DNA, evidence, expert witnesses, miscarriage of justice, news by tracey

‘“People think that miscarriages of justice are rare and exceptional,” says Dr Michael Naughton, founder of the UK Innocence Project. “But every single day, people are overturning convictions for criminal offences. Miscarriages of justice are routine, even mundane features of the criminal justice system. They are systemic.” ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2014

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Rotherham child abuse scandal: Child safety officers will not face disciplinary action – The Independent

‘No-one responsible for children’s safeguarding in Rotherham during the 16-year period when more than 1,400 young people were abused will face disciplinary action despite the mounting public anger over the scandal, the chief executive of the council has confirmed.’

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The Independent, 3rd September 2014

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Domestic abuse: how to tackle non-violent control – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 1st, 2014 in criminal justice, domestic violence, evidence, news by sally

‘Those who abuse their partners through coercive and controlling behaviour, such as depriving them of money, could face prison under a proposed new offence. The government is seeking views on whether a specific, non-violent domestic abuse offence will help tackle the problem by making police take the crime more seriously and showing perpetrators and victims of abuse that such behaviour is wrong. Comments on the proposal are requested by 15 October 2014.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 29th August 2014

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Undercover police officers will not face sex charges – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2014 in evidence, news, police, prosecutions, psychiatric damage, sexual offences, women by tracey

‘Four undercover police officers accused of starting relationships with women will not face sexual offence charges, prosecutors have said.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2014

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Family system ‘woefully behind’ in treatment of vulnerable – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Family judges are to receive guidance on dealing more appropriately with children and other vulnerable witnesses.
The interim report of a working group set up by Sir James Munby, head of the Family Division, says the family system ‘lags woefully behind’ the criminal justice system in this regard.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th August 2014

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Should the press be able to report the evidence in a financial remedy case? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 13th, 2014 in divorce, evidence, family courts, media, news, reporting restrictions by sally

‘There was before the court a substantive hearing in respect of financial claims arising from divorce proceedings between a husband and wife (Cooper-Hohn v Hohn). The issue of reporting of the proceedings arose and the necessary application was made on behalf of the media.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th August 2014

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RSPCA prosecute family over cat’s long hair – Daily Telegraph

‘Richard and Samantha Byrnes express their relief after the Crown Prosecution Service steps in and orders the RSPCA to halt an animal cruelty case against them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2014

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News International lawyers face tribunal over alleged hacking coverup – The Guardian

‘Two lawyers working for News International at the height of the phone hacking scandal are being prosecuted by the legal profession’s regulator for allegedly seeking to cover up the scale of criminality at the News of the World.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2014

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Witness statements, Mitchell and CPR rules 3.9 and 32.10 – Sovereign Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2014 in civil procedure rules, evidence, news, time limits, trials, witnesses by sally

‘David Partington and Judy Dawson, barristers in the Sovereign Chambers Civil Team in Leeds, consider the civil procedural difficulties that the late service of witness statements cause for both the defaulting and innocent parties, given the interplay of, “Jackson”, Denton, and the cases dealing with sanction for late service of witness statements.’

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Sovereign Chambers, 16th July 2014

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Should children give evidence in family proceedings? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The case concerned a five-year-old boy. The appellant, his father, had applied for contact. The mother had opposed, alleging violence and so a fact finding hearing was ordered. The mother wanted her 13-year-old daughter, from a different relationship, to give evidence about some of the alleged incidents. That child had never been asked about the incidents and had to date given no account, whether by an Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interview or otherwise. The judge ordered Cafcass to meet with this child to explore matters further – in particular, whether that child should answer questions put to her in writing and/or give live evidence at the hearing. The father appealed that decision. After the hearing and before the father obtained a stay, Cafcass met the child. Cafcass recommended that the questions should be reworded and reduced in number and also that the child “should not be compelled to provide live evidence” and/or “subjected to live cross-examination”.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th August 2014

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What is the point of victim impact statements? – The Independent

Posted August 6th, 2014 in bereavement, confidentiality, data protection, evidence, judges, murder, news, parole, victims by sally

‘A parole judge has apologised to bereaved parents for saying that victim impact statements make no difference. So what are they really for? Paul Gallagher finds out.’

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The Independent, 6th August 2014

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in secret, rules Court of Appeal – OUT-LAW.com

‘Public bodies defending a decision to withhold information requested under freedom of information (FOI) laws can submit evidence to an information rights tribunal in secret, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th August 2014

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Open justice and freedom of information – Court of Appeal judgment in Browning – Panopticon

Posted August 1st, 2014 in closed material, evidence, freedom of information, news, tribunals by sally

‘Last month I penned a post on the issue of how the principle of natural justice can be reconciled with the use of closed procedures in FOIA appeals. The post was written against the backdrop of the Court of Appeal hearing of the appeal in the Browning case. Today the Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment. Mr Browning’s appeal was dismissed.’

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Panopticon, 30th July 2014

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Reviewing Findings of Fact in Care Proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted July 29th, 2014 in care orders, evidence, family courts, news by sally

‘Jennifer Kotilaine, barrister, of 42 Bedford Row considers the President’s endorsement of the three-stage test in Re ZZ [2014] EWFC 9.’

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Family Law Week, 28th July 2014

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Judge allegedly falls asleep during child rape trial – The Guardian

‘An investigation has been launched following claims a judge fell asleep in court, causing a child rape trial to be halted.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2014

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