Mar 26, 2020
A Family Court case has highlighted a “virtually insoluble dilemma” between diplomatic immunity and child protection, leading Mr Justice Mostyn to call for an amendment to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Mar 23, 2020
it should be possible to continue substantially the full operation of the family justice system, albeit on a remote access basis, notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, guidance produced by the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has said.
Mar 19, 2020
The President of the Family Division has published national guidance on Covid-19 that should be followed with immediate effect by all levels of the Family Court and the High Court Family Division.
Mar 19, 2020
Lord Chief Justice sets out default position for hearings in civil and family cases, issues outline guidance to judges
The default position now in all jurisdictions must be that hearings should be conducted with one, more than one or all participants attending remotely, the Lord Chief Justice has said in a message to judges in the civil and family courts about the impact of the coronavirus.
Mar 18, 2020
Mother sends letter before action to government over coronavirus and strategy for needs of younger disabled people, lack of testing of health and social care workers
Claimant law firm Simpson Millar has sent a letter before action on behalf of the mother of a child with a number of complex health and learning disabilities calling on the UK government to confirm its strategy for “meeting the needs of younger disabled people (children and working age adults) in the context of the current pandemic”.
Mar 17, 2020
Council defends challenge over provision of secure accommodation for children at risk of being detained by police
Judges have dismissed a legal challenge over an alleged systemic failure by a London council to provide adequate secure accommodation for children at risk of being detained in police cells in circumstances where normal local authority accommodation would be unsuitable to meet the risks they pose to the general public.
Mar 11, 2020
Family law set Fourteen Chambers has elected Ronan O'Donovan and Michael Glaser QC as joint heads of Chambers.
Mar 05, 2020
A Family Court judge has made recommendations on social work practice following a case in which a mother falsely accused the fathers of her two children of harming them.
Mar 02, 2020
Guardian wins appeal over decision by judge not to make child assessment order in case where father was convicted of terrorism offences
A Children’s Guardian has won an appeal, brought with the backing of a local authority, over a judge’s decision not to make a child assessment order in a case where the father had been convicted of terrorism offences.
Feb 28, 2020
Court of Appeal rejects appeal by council over ruling reuniting mother and child in different residential unit
A local authority has failed in an appeal over a judge’s decision that a mother and child should be reunited in a different residential unit.