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Saturday, June 17, 2006
  Family Court Secrecy
There are many issues that are clearly political, but not actually party political. One of these is secrecy in the Family Courts.

From the answer given here:
Last year something like 200 people were sent to prison by the family courts, which happens in complete privacy and secrecy. The idea that people are sent to prison without any reports of the proceedings makes even more important the work that we are undertaking with the family courts, and with the important intervention of the Constitutional Affairs Committee, to open them up so that they act in the public interest while maintaining personal privacy ...

It is clear that things are happening which would shock us if they happened in any other country. They are happening in this country without being reported.

To me it seems clear that the secrecy and obsession with court injunctions to prevent any discussion of issues such as the most recent high profile case is designed to protect the authorities rather than the children and parents who end up in the Family Courts.
 
Comments:
What kind of things can a family court imprison people for?
 
I would assume "contempt" ie not following a court order.
 
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