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Family Justice Council annual debate is announced
Date:13 OCT 2017
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The Family Justice Council’s 11th annual debate and panel discussion will be held in London on 21 November 2017, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has announced. This year’s debate will focus on the court’s role in sanctioning medical treatment and the withdrawal of medical treatment of children. 

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The event will take place at 5pm and will be chaired by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court and Chairman of the Family Justice Council.

The motion reads:

‘Parental autonomy and a child’s best interests: Should the courts have the final say?’

The speakers are:

  • Matthew Parris—former MP, author, columnist and broadcaster

  • Jonathan Herring—Professor of law at University of Oxford and editor of Child and Family Law Quarterly

  • Michael Freeman—Emeritus Professor of English law at UCL

To apply for a place at the debate

The Judiciary advises applying as soon as possible to attend this event. It aims to achieve a cross-section of all key professions working in the family justice system and those who represent the interests of service users. 

Apply to the Family Justice Council at: fjc@justice.gsi.gov.uk, giving your name, area of expertise and contact details by 10 November 2017.

Successful applicants will be informed by noon on 14 November 2017.

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