C, a baby  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.
Sir Nicholas Wall on secret courtsThis 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.
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.
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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
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.
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