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Plain English judgment gets the thumbs up and a :-)

Date:15 SEP 2016
The case of Lancashire County Council v M and Others [2016] EWFC 9 would appear like any other judgment within public law proceedings. Once you start to actually read it however it quickly becomes clear it isn’t written like most other judgments. The judge introduces his judgment by explaining it is as short as possible so that the mother and the older children can follow it.


The case involves a mother whose four children had been removed from her care due to concerns surrounding her relationship with the father of the younger two children. He had previously been imprisoned for burglary was of an aggressive character and held extreme views. He identified himself as Muslim and was known to the police counter-terrorism unit. In 2014 he attempted to travel to Syria however was prevented when his luggage was found to contain items that ‘would be useful in a war zone’.

Proceedings were instigated by the local authority when the children were removed from school and taken on a ‘holiday’. In reality this trip was planned by the father and was intended to take the family to ‘a Muslim country’...

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