Alfie Evans, court statistics, Cafcass and more

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April 6, 2018 0 comments

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A short week in family law The parents of Alfie Evans, the 23 month-old boy who has been on ventilation in hospital after becoming seriously ill with a catastrophic and untreatable neurodegenerative condition, have had their application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared inadmissible. Alfie’s parents were seeking to overturn a decision…

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Has Lady Hale already decided the Owens appeal?

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January 29, 2018 2 comments

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As someone who is approaching the tenth anniversary of joining Twitter (I really should get a life), I suppose I understand better than most the limitations of the platform for delivering serious subject-matter. Even with the recent doubling of the character count, tweets are inevitably superficial, giving information with no detail and no background, so…

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Supreme Court begins search for new Deputy President

December 14, 2017 0 comments

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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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Guide to Jewish family life launched at the Supreme Court

December 1, 2017 0 comments

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Supreme Court President Lady Hale spoke at the launch of a new guide to Jewish traditions this week. Jewish Family Life and Customs: A Practical Guide was written for lawyers and judges in need for a concise but reliable introduction when working with Jewish clients or hearing cases which concern Jewish matters. It is an…

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MIAMs, a domestic violence register and more

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October 6, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law I was grimly amused when I read the latest legal aid statistics, for the quarter April to June 2017, which show that the number of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) in that period was down by 11 per cent compared to the previous year. The figure currently stands at…

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Lady Hale takes office

October 3, 2017 0 comments

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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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