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Do police need court permission to interview a ward of court?

Date:7 SEP 2017
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This article was originally published in New Law Journal the leading weekly legal magazine.

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In Re a Ward of Court [2017] EWHC 1022 (Fam) Sir James Munby P considered whether the police needed court permission to interview a child who was a ward of court. He considered the law and answered No; but he went on to recommend that Family Procedure Rules 2010 PD 12D  which said the opposite to what he had decided  should be reviewed and subjected to ‘surgery’.

Radical surgery

Within a few weeks of the judgment Family Procedure Rules Committee (FPRC) and Ministry of Justice officials with the president had amended PD 12D. By reference to principles laid down in two cases  Re F...

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