Domestic abuse victims ‘can vote anonymously’

March 9, 2018 0 comments

domestic abuse

Victims of domestic abuse living in shelters and refuges can now vote anonymously, following changes to voter registration rules. The estimated 12,000 residents of domestic violence shelters, along with those living in the community, will be able to register to vote without their name appearing on the public electoral role, in order to prevent their…

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The sixth Lord Chancellor in six years

January 10, 2018 1 comment

family law

Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a new Lord Chancellor, just six months after Aylesbury MP David Lidington was given the role. The sixth Lord Chancellor in six years is David Gauke, who has been Conservative MP for South West Hertfordshire since 2005. As a solicitor, he is the first legally qualified Lord Chancellor since…

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Supreme Court begins search for new Deputy President

December 14, 2017 0 comments

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has begun looking for a new Deputy President, following news that the recently appointed Lord Mance will retire in June next year. Two current Justices – Lord Hughes and Lord Sumption – are also scheduled to retire later in 2018, so the Supreme Court will be seeking replacements for them as well…

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Woman’s heart stops at sister’s wedding

October 13, 2017 0 comments

family law

A wedding is supposed to be all about you and the person you are marrying. You two are the centre of attention and any attempt to hog the limelight is surely a selfish thing to do, right? Not necessarily. One 34 year-old woman quickly became the most talked about person at her sister’s wedding when…

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Lady Hale takes office

October 3, 2017 0 comments

family law

Lady Hale was formally sworn in as the new President of the Supreme Court yesterday. Sir Ian Burnett became the youngest Lord Chief Justice for 50 years during the same event, replacing the newly retired Lord Thomas. Lady Hale succeeds Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, with whom she had served as Deputy President for four years….

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‘Teenager is danger to himself’ says Judge

September 4, 2017 1 comment

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A 14 year-old boy must be confined with secure accommodation for his own good, the High court has ruled. The boy in question, ‘F’, has been in care since June this year, in the London Borough of Southwark. He had been the subject of investigations by social workers and was assessed by an experienced child…

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No space available for ‘dangerous’ teen

August 25, 2017 1 comment

family life

There is no accommodation available for a teenager described as “troubled and dangerous”, a Judge has been told. In a High Court hearing, High Court Judge Mr Justice Hayden said the case posed “a dilemma you would not expect to see in a mature society in 2017”. ‘F’, who is just 14, was placed in…

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Dutch man illegally fathers 102 children

August 25, 2017 2 comments

family law

A man in the Netherlands may have illegally fathered as many as 102 children by donating sperm to multiple clinics. Men who wish to be donors in the country must sign a contract with their clinic of choice in which they promise they will not donate to other fertility centres. However this declaration is rarely…

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Senior judge worried for welfare of suicidal teen

August 4, 2017 3 comments

family life

The life of a suicidal teenage girl will be put seriously at risk if no hospital bed can be found for her within days, Britain’s most senior family law judge has claimed. In a hard-hitting ruling, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, said we would have “blood on our hands” if the situation…

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