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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
  C, a baby [2012] EWHC 2190 (Fam)
This judgment looks at the use of a voluntary agreement to put a child into care.

At the time of "agreeing" to this the mother had been medicated with Morphine. She was also told it was temporary when it has given rise to a forced adoption. In the end, however, it has still given rise to a forced adoption.

Parents are often bullied into accepting S20 agreements with the threat of court proceedings. This judgment doesn't really help.

 
Saturday, July 28, 2012
  Sir Nicholas Wall on secret courts
This is where the president of the family division puts his view on the secret court system.

As usual he is focussed on the question of media access. This ignores the fact that there are a number of constraints on accountability that include the constraints on the media being involved.

There is the question of professional standards. As it currently stands the Health Professions Council remain of the view that they should not investigate psychologists who are reported by parties to family court cases without the permission of the judge. That is an unacceptable constraint.

Secondly, there is no academic access to the material as of right. That means that each case operates in its own isolated sphere of reality. Specialists cannot audit the evidence given.

Thirdly, when cases some to the court of appeal there is no publication of the original judgment.

Fourthly, the cases are oppressive for individuals who cannot bring in others beyond a mackenzie friend (and often an MF is refused). I remain of the view that anonymous reporting is best. It is, however, possible to achieve this through a number of routes including parliamentary proceedings.

 
Thursday, July 26, 2012
  Family Justice Bill Draft published for consultation
My Family Justice Private Members bill has now been published for public consultation on my website here The version that goes to the second reading is likely to be different. It has also been sent formally to the government for consultation. Details of who to respond to and the deadline (which is 20th September) are in the bill. It has interleaved explanatory notes.
 
Sunday, July 22, 2012
  Sisters of Jazz - Hotel du Vin
The following are videos from the performance of John Hemming and the Sisters of Jazz at the Hotel du Vin on 8th July 2012 as part of the Birmingham Jazz Festival

Sweet Georgia Brown

Take the ‘A’ train

Moon River

Stepping Out

Cheek to Cheek

Beyond the Sea

Fever

Foggy Day

Summertime

Strike up the Band

My funny valentine

‘s Wonderful

Royal Flush

How High the Moon

Somewhere over the Rainbow

All of Me

Perdido

Satin Doll

Prelude to a Kiss
 
Saturday, July 21, 2012
  Channel 4 piece on refugees

Thanks to "liarpolicians" for the youtube recording.
 
Friday, July 20, 2012
  Refugees from the Family Courts (Channel 4)
Channel 4 have presented a piece about the refugees who leave this country because they cannot get a fair trial in England (and Wales).

This is actually mainly an English and Welsh problem.  There is a problem in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but proportionally it is much worse in England and Wales.

That is because the jurisdiction that has problems is the English and Welsh jurisdiction.

The stupidity of the government and lack of willingness to look at individual injustices adds to the errors of procedure in the courts.

I have been advising people who have left the country since late 2007.
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
  Court of protection article
This article in The Independent looks at some of the problems with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. The systemic problems with this process are exacerbated by the Cheshire West decision in the court of appeal. Sam Smith, Lucy Series and Anna Raccoon (not her real name) have written some useful pieces about this. We are closer still to publishing the draft Family Justice Bill.
 
Friday, July 13, 2012
  Private Members Bill and Birmingham Jazz Festival
A lot of effort is going into the details of my private members bill. A draft bill should be published early next week.

In the mean time, however, John Hemming and the Sisters of Jazz performed as part of the Birmingham Jazz Festival last sunday afternoon (at Hotel du Vin).
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Photos copyright Jim Simpson.

More information on the festival is here Now I am back from parliament for the weekend I intend to see some of the gigs.

There will be videos of our gig at some stage in the future.

 
Sunday, July 01, 2012
  An interesting question of priorities
I find it a bit odd that four people saw fit to highlight a tweet that I ate a ham and coleslaw baguette from Greggs in Birmingham. Whereas Only two people retweeted the fact that a journalist had been banned from the UK to prevent her from writing about things.

C'est la vie.

 

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