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Case management of children proceedings

Date:4 FEB 2015
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Solicitor Advocate

Judicial caution on final case management hearing orders

As Oscar Wilde famously did not say: ‘To lose one appeal may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness’. In this instance as http://suesspiciousminds.com/2014/07/02/go-on-then-appeal-me-i-dare-you/ reminds us this is the third appeal from His Honour Judge Dodd in children proceedings in the space of only a few months (including two on successive days at the end of January 2015) where the Court of Appeal have been sternly disapproving of his child law efforts.

To be fair to the judge in this case  Re S-W (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 27 [2015] 1 FLR (forthcoming) raises real questions about the inquisitorial powers of children judges and the family courts and the extent of their administrative law role in care proceedings; and about the near impenetrable veneer of practice directions with which the family court administration...

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