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Experts in the Family Courts

The results of the legal survey and consultation confirmed that difficulties in securingexpert witnesses were experienced across the country and in a wide range ofspecialisms. It also emerged that the shortages were not confined to medical experts butto other allied professions in particular psychology and independent social workers.The impact of the shortages was principally in […]

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A prosecution for perverting the course of justice

Specific Public Interest Factors A prosecution for perverting the course of justice is more likely to be required where: a false complaint was motivated by malice; a false complaint was sustained over a period of time (particularly where there were opportunities to retract); the person originally accused was charged and remanded in custody; the person […]

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Transparency in the Family Courts

This is a post about the case of Newman v Southampton City Council & Ors [2020] EWHC 2103 (Fam) (05 August 2020. The judgment is very long which is an indication that something important was happening. Melanie Newman, a journalist wanted to see documents in care proceedings which had ended in October 2018. The child, born in […]

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IF YOU CANNOT GO TO THE COURTS, WHAT DO YOU DO?

In practice you cannot avoid the courts totally, but they should be used as a last resort. Though you may not gain much by going to court, you can use the courts for your own purpose to some extent. Typically they are places that muddle along without much sense of purpose. Papers get lost, hearings […]

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The Courts and Parental Alienation

#Parental #alienation – a child’s unwarranted rejection of one parent and strong alignment with the other following high conflict family breakdown – leaves the alienated parent feeling powerless.  Despite recognition in recent high court judgements, it is poorly understood and rarely acknowledged in the British family justice system. That is the conclusion of research being […]

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