Secretive and Corrupt Family Court System
It has been accepted for some time that the Family Justice System in the UK is secretive.
I came to the conclusion after studying it over the past year or so that it is also corrupt.
That is a strong allegation that I make in the Mail on Sunday today. However, it is justified.
Some reasons for corruption
- Many solicitors also work for the local authority. This does not necessarily mean that a firm of solicitors will not fight the case properly for their clients. However, it creates a conflict of interest. It is an unacceptable conflict of interest. I am aware of cases where it appears that the parents' solicitors have actually acted to undermine their clients' cases. I know there are good solicitors and I work with some. However, such a conflict of interest is unacceptable.
- Courts rely on opinion commissioned by the local authority or indeed the local authority's opinion when it also is conflicted. The pressure of the adoption targets creates exactly the sort of bias that should discount the opinion of the local authority. It is easy to fiddle an assessment.
- Experts make a good living out of allegations of abuse, but no money if they don't allege abuse. This creates yet another conflict of interest.
- It is difficult to report and get enforcement action for unacceptable behaviour by professionals.
I am not saying that these are the only aspects of the system that are corrupt. Any one of the four above would be sufficient to invalidate the conclusions of the system.
The system is in itself corrupting.