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Pauline Goodwin's story in the Liverpool Echo

Pauline has always demonstrated an impressive understanding of court procedures. It is sad, but the failures of the legal profession have led to parents having to learn how to use legal procedures themselves.

There are different problems in different areas of the country. In Liverpool there are quite a few odd things that happen in the courts.


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