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Re C (A Child) [2016] EWHC 3171 (Fam)

Date:19 DEC 2016
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Law Reporter

(Family Division, Pauffley J, 8 December 2016)

Publicity and reporting – Disclosure

As a result of information disclosed by SO15 (the Counter Terrorism Command, a Special Operations branch within London's Metropolitan Police Service) the local authority initiated proceedings in relation to the young child. The father was alleged to be an Islamic extremist who had travelled to Syria and engaged in terrorism related activities and it was asserted that he was likely to travel there again.

A disclosure order was made against the Secretary of State for the Home Department relating to all information about extremist conduct by a list of family members. The SSHD failed to do so on the grounds that it would compromise national security. The SSHD now sought discharge of the disclosure order.

The application was refused. The information sought in this instance was highly relevant to the question of whether the child was likely to suffer significant harm. The local authority and the court had a legitimate interest in the material. Furthermore, the child and the parents had a right to a fair trial. They had a right to respect for their private and family life. Unless there was a disclosure mechanism for receiving and considering relevant, highly sensitive material from the SSHD then it was difficult to envisage a future for the application.

Neutral Citation Number: [2016] EWHC 3171 (Fam)
Case No: ZE16C00518

Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 08/12/2016

Before :

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Between :

 The London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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C (a child by his guardian ad litem)


The Secretary of State for the Home Department

Re: C (A Child)

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Sarah Morgan QC and Steven Ashworth (instructed by Director of Law and Governance, LB Tower Hamlets) for the Applicant
Alex Verdan QC and Chris Barnes (instructed by FMW Law) for the mother
Kieran Pugh (instructed by Warrens Family Law) for the father
Tim Parker (instructed by Gary Jacobs & Co) for the Children’s Guardian
Marina Wheeler QC for the Secretary of State for the Home Department

Hearing date: 2 December 2016

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Judgment approved by the court

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