Cafcass figures, the Alfie Evans case and more

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April 20, 2018 4 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for March 2018. In that month the service received a total of 1,238 care applications. This figure represents a 3.5 per cent increase in comparison with February 2018 and is the second highest monthly total for a…

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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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A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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Surge in private family disputes

November 13, 2017 7 comments

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The number of family disputes involving children referred to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) jumped by 16 per cent last month, when compared to 2016. The total of 3,916 referrals is the highest number of referrals in a single month since October 2013. Cafcass received 40,571 referrals regarding private disputes…

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More than a third of cases now unrepresented

October 1, 2017 2 comments

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No less than 36 per cent of all family court cases now feature unrepresented litigants on both sides, new figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal. A total of 13,029 new private law cases – i.e. disputes between individuals – were launched between April and June, three per cent more than in the same period…

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Charlie Gard, adoption advice and more

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July 14, 2017 1 comment

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW Statistics for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), for the year from April 2016 to March 2017 have been published by NHS Digital. FGM has been illegal in the United Kingdom since 1985 and the law was strengthened in 2003 to prevent girls travelling from the UK and undergoing FGM abroad. The…

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