Issues of consent in fact-find hearing – Becket Chambers

‘In December 2019 Ms. Justice Russell DBE heard an appeal from a fact-finding hearing that took place in private law Children Act proceedings at the Central Family Court in London in the summer of 2019. Her judgement was given in January 2020 and is reported as JH v. MF [2020] EWHC 86 (Fam).’

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Becket Chambers, 17th February 2020

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Lawyers and women’s rights charities call for family court judge’s cases to be reviewed – Local Government Lawyer

‘Over 130 family lawyers and women’s rights groups have called for Judge Tolson’s continuing cases to be reviewed, following Justice Russell’s condemnation of the family court judge’s treatment of an allegation of sexual assault in a child protection fact-finding trial last month.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th February 2020

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Domestic Abuse – Are Outdated Misconceptions Still Prevalent in the Legal System? – Becket Chambers

‘This article explores the issue of domestic abuse in the appeal of Re H v F [2020].’

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Becket Chambers, 17th February 2020

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‘Outdated family-court rape views need addressing’ – BBC News

Posted February 19th, 2020 in appeals, consent, domestic violence, families, family courts, judges, news, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A judge who dismissed a woman’s claim she had been raped, as she had done “nothing physically” to stop the alleged perpetrator, is among a number of family court judges to hold “outdated views”, a joint letter says.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2020

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Last British member of European court of justice could sue EU – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2020 in brexit, EC law, judges, news by sally

‘The last British member of the European court of justice has said she could sue the EU over an attempt by the bloc’s 27 member states to force her out.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2020

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Commercial Court aims to tackle listing issues – Litigation Futures

‘The Commercial Court has pledged to try and eliminate listing issues that have occurred in the past year amid a reduction in the number of available judges.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th February 2020

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Reporting restrictions turning family courts into black hole, say ex-judge – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2020 in family courts, judges, news, reporting restrictions by sally

‘Restrictions on reporting cases in the family courts concerning child custody or distribution of assets are “hopelessly obsolescent” and should be repealed, a former judge has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2020

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Lessons to be learned after judge criticised for ‘obsolescent’ views – Family Law

‘A family case has recently been the subject of an unusual level of attention from the media, both legal and mainstream, much of it reflecting badly upon the family justice system. I thought I should look at the case, in particular, the lessons that can, or cannot, be learned from it.’

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Family Law, 7th February 2020

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‘Training is not enough’: Family lawyers target Tolson over ‘outdated’ views on consent – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lawyers, campaigners and politicians are calling for wider action to be taken after a judge was condemned for employing “obsolescent concepts” on consent in a family case.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th February 2020

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Vulnerable witness, domestic abuse and special measures- the importance of ensuring a fair trial – Becket Chambers

‘This article explores the approach a court should take in relation to vulnerable witnesses, in particular those that have experienced domestic abuse. The recent case of H v F [2020] EWHC 86 (Fam) demonstrates that a case will be successful on appeal if the correct procedures are not complied with.’

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Becket Chambers, 3rd February 2020

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Female judge criticises male colleague who told woman she wasn’t raped as she didn’t fight back – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in appeals, consent, judges, news, rape by tracey

‘A female judge has criticised an “outdated” male colleague after he ruled that a woman had not been raped by her violent partner because she “took no physical steps” to stop him during sex.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd January 2019

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Tribunal Judge loses case of race discrimination against fellow Judges – Ely Place Chambers

‘Employment Judge Snelson has handed down judgment in Kumrai v Ministry of Justice and others, an unusual case involving serious allegations of race discrimination by members of the senior judiciary in which the Claimant and all three Respondent witnesses were serving Tribunal Judges. The Claimant, a Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal, sued both the Regional Judge and President of the relevant chamber together with the Ministry of Justice, for direct race discrimination, harassment and victimisation.’

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Ely Place Chambers, 14th January 2020

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Judge under fire for telling violent abuser to take up running – Daily Telegraph

‘A judge has been criticised for telling a domestic violence offender to take up running to control his behaviour.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2020

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Female lawyers should not be forced to wear heels, says Baroness Hale – The Independent

‘The UK’s most senior judge has condemned law firms that demand female lawyers wear high heels, as she lamented the lack of “progress” on sex discrimination in the legal profession.’

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The Independent, 12th January 2020

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Police reject judge’s call to apologise over wrongful conviction – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2020 in appeals, deceit, evidence, judges, miscarriage of justice, news, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘Police have refused to apologise to a man wrongly jailed for 25 years because officers lied at his trial, even after the now-retired appeal court judge who quashed the conviction told the Guardian that the force should say sorry.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2020

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Lady Hale warns UK not to select judges on basis of political views – The Guardian

‘The government should not select judges on the basis of their political views as they do in the US, the outgoing president of the supreme court, Lady Hale, has warned.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2019

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Circuit judge wins online harassment injunction – Legal Futures

Posted December 12th, 2019 in harassment, injunctions, internet, judges, litigants in person, news, vexatious litigants by tracey

‘A circuit judge has won an injunction against a disgruntled litigant in person who created a website to attack him and his family, and had thrown out as vexatious an attempt to counter-claim.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2019

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Judge sues MoJ claiming racial discrimination – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2019 in bias, harassment, judges, Ministry of Justice, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘A district judge is suing the Ministry of Justice and two supervising judges for unconscious bias, harassment, victimisation, micro-aggression and discrimination after a complaint was made against him by an appellant in one of his cases.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th December 2019

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Lady Hale at the BACFI Denning Lecture 2019, Athenaeum, Pall Mall, London – Supreme Court

‘Women in law –the next 100 yearsBACFI DenningLecture2019Athenaeum, Pall Mall, LondonLady Hale, President of The Supreme Court.’

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Supreme Court, 4th December 2019

News Judge wins harassment order against LiP with ‘vendetta’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 11th, 2019 in harassment, injunctions, internet, judges, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘A circuit judge has secured an injunction against a disgruntled litigant in person who pursued a vendetta against him following an adverse ruling.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th December 2019

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