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View from the Foot of the Tower: Nothing speaks for itself
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The immortal Peter Cook once observed 'I could have been a Judge but I never had the Latin for the judgin’' – like Peter Cook I never really had a grasp on Latin but the one bit that did resonate with me and that I was able to hold on to was ‘res ipsa loquitor’ – the thing speaks for itself. From the very fact that X occurred one can infer everything else without going through every minute aspect.
Well we now know from the Court of Appeal in Re J (A Child)  EWCA Civ 222
that there is no such thing as res ipsa loquitor in care proceedings.
This is a culmination of a trend in case law having begun long ago with Mr Justice Hedley in Re L (Care: Threshold Criteria)
 EWHC 3527 (Fam) ...
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