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Sheffield City Council v M & Ors [2022] EWHC 128 (Fam)

Date:4 MAY 2022
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(Family Division, Poole J, 24 January 2022)

Evidence – Public law children proceedings – Application for forced marriage protection order (FMPO) – Local Authority relying on evidence provided to court but not disclosed to parents – Father applying for closed material to be disclosed – Whether special advocate should be appointed to represent interests of father.

The Family Division held that a special advocate should be appointed to represent the interests of the father, in circumstances where the Local Authority sought FMPOs against the mother and father of the protected persons, their two daughters, and the father had applied, among other things, to discharge the FMPOs.


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Neutral Citation Number: [2022] EWHC 128 (Fam) 

Case No: SE20F62306/SE20F62307

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
FAMILY DIVISION

Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 24 January 2022

Before:

MR JUSTICE POOLE 

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Between:


Sheffield City Council

Applicant

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(1) M
(2) F
(3) A
(4) B 
(Third and Fourth Respondents by their Children’s Guardian)
Respondents

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Ms Kate Burnell QC and Ms Helen Davey (instructed by Sheffield City Council) for the Applicant
The 1st Respondent was not in attendance with no representation
Ms Angela Wrottesley (instructed by Howells Solicitors) for the 2nd Respondent
Ms Justine Cole (instructed by Best Solicitors) for the 3rd and 4th Respondents 
Ms Lucy Ray was also present from The Government Legal Department

Hearing date: 12 January 2022

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JUDGMENT

This judgment was given at a private hearing. The anonymity of the child 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: SCC v M and others [2022] EWHC 128 (Fam)

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