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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Supreme Court to consider court role in coma cases

February 19, 2018 0 comments

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The Supreme Court is to consider whether or not hospitals must always seek court approval to withdraw medically delivered food and drink from patients who have fallen into comas and similar states without hope of recovery. Justices there have granted the Official Solicitor permission to appeal the case of ‘Mr Y’, a 52 year-old man…

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Supreme Court ponders child abduction principles

February 14, 2018 1 comment

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The Supreme Court has overturned a Court of Appeal decision that two young children retained in Britain by their mother must be returned to their father in Australia. By late 2014 the parents’ marriage had run into difficulties and the British mother asked if she could make an extended visit to England with the children….

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Civil partnerships for straight couples back on the agenda

February 5, 2018 1 comment

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A bill that could lead to heterosexual couples gaining the right to enter civil partnerships has received an unopposed second reading in Parliament. Since the introduction of gay marriage in March 2014, civil partnerships have been an option only available to same sex couples. This has been a source of some controversy and Londoners Rebecca…

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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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