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Ted Jeory and Christopher Bookers' articles today

This comment piece by Ted Jeory compares the cover up in Hillsborough to the day to day cover ups in the family courts.

This article by Christopher Booker looks at how a foreign country is concerned about what happens in the English and Welsh Family Courts.

We should really be able to sort these things out on the basis of complaints raised by victims of the system in the UK. However, if it really takes getting a coalition of countries together to demand change in the UK then so be it.

Comments

Jimmy said…
Booker has recently been attacking a local authority for intervening in a case where a child was, inter alia, injected with morphine by its parents. Would you not concede at least that this is taking the anti social worker crusade a little too far?
John Hemming said…
I think I know about the case. The case is one where there are lots of allegations on different sides and I accept a criminal conviction. I am myself unsure as to the truth in respect of this case. Criminal Convictions are not necessarily 100% reliable. However, on the principle I do think were it to be true that parents have injected a child with morphine then intervention is valid.
just a poor boy said…
Keep up the good work. As a British citizen I am appalled and embarrassed at this miss-carriage of justice. I wish our own government would take these issues as seriously as the Slovaks do. Those responsible for the complete disruption to the lives of those children and their parents must be held accountable for their actions. Let's hope sanity prevails at tomorrow's appeal ruling. Thanks for being the only MP to speak out against these ridiculous failings and over-reactions.

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R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

I have only just found this one which I think is accurately reported below (but if it is not please give me an accurate report).

KING’S BENCH DIVISION

R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

November 9 1923

Editor’s comments in bold.

Here, the magistrates’ clerk retired with the bench when they were considering a charge of dangerous driving. The clerk belonged to a firm of solicitors acting in civil proceedings for the other party to the accident. It was entirely irrelevant that there had been no evidence of actual influence brought to bear on the magistrates, and the conviction was duly quashed.

LORD HEWART CJ:
It is clear that the deputy clerk was a member of the firm of solicitors engaged in the conduct of proceedings for damages against the applicant in respect of the same collision as that which gave rise to the charge that the justices were considering. It is said, and, no doubt, truly, that when that gentleman retired in the usual way with the justices, taking with him the…