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Re L (Third Party Disclosure Order: Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service) [2022] EWHC 127 (Fam)

Date:12 MAY 2022
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(Family Division, Cobb J, 24 January 2022)

Care proceedings – Best interests of children – Third party disclosure – Father convicted of terrorist offences - Potential risk posed to children from contact with father after prison release – Disclosure of documents from HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) – Guidance.

The Family Division backed proposals made by Justice Secretary on how parties seeking disclosure from HMPPS in public law children proceedings should approach issue.


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Neutral Citation Number: [2022] EWHC 127 (Fam)

Case No: NE21C00246

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
FAMILY DIVISION


Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 24/01/2022

Before:

THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE COBB
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Between:

A LOCAL AUTHORITY
Applicant

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J
K
(L, M, N, P, four children by their Children’s Guardian)
Respondents

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Re L (Third Party Disclosure Order: Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service)
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Nicholas Stonor QC and Claire Gibson (instructed by County Solicitor) for the Local Authority
Penny Howe QC and Lindsay Webster (instructed by Ben Hoare Bell) for the Mother 
Tim Donnelly (instructed by Mortons Law) for the Father
Jonathan Flower (of Ward Hadaway) for the Children’s Guardian
Fiona Paterson (instructed by Government Legal Department) for the Secretary of State for Justice, Respondent to the Application for Third Party Disclosure


Hearing dates: No Oral Hearing.  

Written Submissions: 6 December 2021 (SSJ) and 23 December 2021 (all other parties)

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Approved Judgment

I direct that no official shorthand note shall be taken of this Judgment and that copies of this version as handed down may be treated as authentic.

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THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE COBB

This judgment was delivered in private. The judge has given leave for this version of the judgment to be published on condition that (irrespective of what is contained in the judgment) in any published version of the judgment the anonymity of the children and members of their family must be strictly preserved. All persons, including representatives of the media, must ensure that this condition is strictly complied with. Failure to do so will be a contempt of court.

 

Judgment: Re L Third Party Disclosure HMPPS) [2022] EWHC 127 (Fam)

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