Vicky Haigh - yesterday's court hearing
Yesterday's court hearing brought into the public domain more about the case relating to Vicky Haigh.
It, however, has not brought into the public domain all of the issues relating to this case and the judiciary retain control of those aspects of the case.
I am not making any statement as to the details of the underlying care issue. The Judge who took the hearing yesterday was also the judge in P, C and S v The United Kingdom.
The link gives the case report from ECtHR on Bailii. In this case the decision was found to be in contravention of a fair trial on a procedural basis.
The same judge (Sir Nicholas Wall) was also a judge in the case which is now RP v The United Kingdom. I have considerable concerns about the way that particular case was handled by the judges concerned.
It remains that I am making no public comment about the underlying care case in respect of Ms Haigh. However,
1. Even if the court's decision is 100% accurate - does that warrant the removal at birth of Ms Haigh's baby. I don't think so.
2. Is it right to set out to imprison someone on the basis of what they have said to a Member of Parliament. I don't think so.
We now have someone imprisoned for 6 months for recording a court hearing and someone else imprisoned for 9 months for talking about court secrets. I think these sentences are excessive at least. In terms of the recording of a court hearings this always appears to be more about protecting the revenues of the transcription services than ensuring the fairness of trials. We do need to review the law from the perspective of allowing independent recording of the audio of court hearings.