P, C And S v The United Kingdom: ECHR 16 Jul 2002

The applicants challenged the way in which their newborn children had been removed by the state after birth. S had not had the opportunity of legal representation, after her lawyers had withdrawn. The removal of S’s child was challenged as disproportionate and a breach of the right to family life.
Held: Given the importance of the decision, the denial of legal representation infringed the family’s legal rights. Representation was necessary, and the refusal to allow an adjournment denied a fair trial. The procedure under which a decision was made before the birth of a child to remove it at birth, leading to a probable adoption was draconian and not justified given the alternative possibilities, and was an interference with the right to family life.
Costa, Baka, Bratza, Jorundsson, Loucaides, Birsan and Ugrekhelidze, Early
Times 16-Aug-2002, 56547/00, [2002] ECHR 599, 56547/00, (2002) 35 EHRR 1075, [2002] ECHR 604
Bailii, Bailii
European Convention on Human Rights 6.1 8
Human Rights
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