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ABDUCTION: Re M (Child Abduction: Delay) [2007] The Times August 28
Date:31 JUL 2007

(Court of Appeal; Thorpe, Collins and Toulson LJJ; 31 July 2007)

Counsel needed to understand that once a judge had sent out a draft judgment in an abduction case, there was only a brief period in which to draft the consequential order, in view of the pressing time limits in abduction cases. In the instant case there had been a delay of one month in producing the sealed order, following receipt of the draft judgment, which was quite unacceptable.