In re JS (A Minor) (Wardship: Boy Soldier): 1990

The Court considered the procedures for when a 17 year old a boy soldier who had gone absent without leave and returned home to his parents. He had been due to go to Iraq. His mother sought an order for wardship.
Held: The Court struck out wardship proceedings. It could not restrain the action.
Hollis J said: ‘It would obviously, I think, be inappropriate and, I consider, contrary to policy to continue the wardship on the facts of this case, however sympathetic one might be towards the ward, and indeed his parents . .
From what I have gleaned from the facts of this case, it may be in neither the minor’s best interest nor in the interests of the public, that he remain a member of the Army, but that is not a matter for me to decide.’


Hollis J


[1990] Fam 182


England and Wales

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Children, Armed Forces

Updated: 06 May 2022; Ref: scu.588168