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Hockenjos v Secretary of State for Social Security (No 2): CA 21 Dec 2004

The claimant shared child care with his former partner, but claimed that the system which gave the job-seeker’s child care supplement to one party only was discriminatory. Held: In such cases the supplement usually went to the mother, and this had a diverse impact on men. It was for the Secretary of State to justify … Continue reading Hockenjos v Secretary of State for Social Security (No 2): CA 21 Dec 2004

Secretary of State for the Home Department v SP: CA 21 Dec 2004

The applcant, a girl aged 17 was in a young offender institution. She complained that she had been removed to segregation without first giving her chance to be heard. The respondent argued that there were sufficient post decision safeguards to ensure fairness. Held: Modern standards of fairnesss required that she be given opportunity to be … Continue reading Secretary of State for the Home Department v SP: CA 21 Dec 2004

A Local Authority v S: FD 15 Oct 2015

Application is by a Local Authority for a secure accommodation order, whether that be under Section 25 of the Children Act 1989 or else under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court. Judges: Bodey J Citations: [2015] EWHC 3010 (Fam) Links: Bailii Statutes: Children Act 1989 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Children Updated: 28 June 2022; … Continue reading A Local Authority v S: FD 15 Oct 2015

In re E (A Child): CA 22 Nov 2012

Where a minor is accommodated voluntarily under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989, is the court prevented by Section 100 of the same Act from making the child a ward of court? Judges: Lord Justice Thorpe Citations: [2012] EWCA Civ 1773 Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Children Updated: 28 June 2022; Ref: scu.470113

Bowden and Another v Lancashire County Council: CA 16 Apr 2002

The claimant had succeeded in her appeal against the cancellation of her registration as a child minder, and now sought damages for negligence in using unnecessarily the emergency procedure leading to damage to the claimant’s reputation and business. Judges: Peter Gibson LJ, May LJ Citations: [2002] EWCA Civ 569 Links: Bailii Statutes: Children Act 1989 … Continue reading Bowden and Another v Lancashire County Council: CA 16 Apr 2002

PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd and Others: SC 19 Jul 2017

No anonymity for investigation suspect The claimant had been investigated on an allegation of historic sexual abuse. He had never been charged, but the investigation had continued with others being convicted in a high profile case. He appealed from refusal of orders restricting publication of his name and involvement in the inquiry. Held: (Kerr and … Continue reading PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd and Others: SC 19 Jul 2017

Griffiths v Tickle and Others: CA 10 Dec 2021

Appeal against a decision of the High Court that a fact-finding judgment in proceedings under the Children Act 1989 should be published with the names of the father and the mother included, and only relatively modest redactions, primarily aimed at mitigating the impact of publication on the couple’s infant child. The appellant is the father, … Continue reading Griffiths v Tickle and Others: CA 10 Dec 2021

In re R (a Child) (Adoption: Contact): CA 18 Aug 2005

The child was placed for adoption. In the period before adoption, contact with her family continued. The prospective adopters said that this was unsettling. Held: It would be unusual to make an order for contact against the wishes of the proposed adopters. Their wishes were not unreasonable, and the order reducing contact was upheld. Judges: … Continue reading In re R (a Child) (Adoption: Contact): CA 18 Aug 2005

Re I and E (Residential Assessment Order): CA 1997

Gilliat C, the child was the subject of proceedings. There were five other children, the authority had concerns about her abilities, and the father was a Schedule 1 sex offender. Two children exhibited sexualised and abusive behaviour at school. The court had previously ordered removal of the boys for assessment. Further orders were made for … Continue reading Re I and E (Residential Assessment Order): CA 1997

In re H (Children): CA 2003

The maternal grandmother sought permission to intervene in care proceedings to put herself forward as the carer of her young grandchild. The local authority and the guardian objected to the intervention. The judge had refused it. The grandmother appealed. Held: The appeal was allowed. When considering such an application for leave to make an application … Continue reading In re H (Children): CA 2003

Jennings v Buchanan: PC 14 Jul 2004

(New Zealand) (Attorney General of New Zealand intervening) The defendant MP had made a statement in Parliament which attracted parliamentary privilege. In a subsequent newspaper interview, he said ‘he did not resile from his claim’. He defended the action for defamation claiming the privilege. Held: The original statement had privilege but the repetition outside parliament … Continue reading Jennings v Buchanan: PC 14 Jul 2004

Rees v Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust: HL 16 Oct 2003

The claimant was disabled, and sought sterilisation because she feared the additional difficulties she would face as a mother. The sterilisation failed. She sought damages. Held: The House having considered the issue in MacFarlane only recently it was inappropriate to change the rules set down in that case. Nothing had been put forward to argue … Continue reading Rees v Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust: HL 16 Oct 2003

Regina v London Borough of Hounslow ex parte R: Admn 19 Feb 1997

The Applicant was 65 years old, with a history of criminal offences including serious sexual assaults on children. On release from prison, he presented himself as homeless. After his imprisonment, he had realised that he would be unable to keep up the rent, and surrendered his tenancy. Held: A deliberate act which in fact lead … Continue reading Regina v London Borough of Hounslow ex parte R: Admn 19 Feb 1997

Ealing Family Housing Association Ltd v McKenzie: CA 10 Oct 2003

The defendant and his wife separated when she left the flat they shared. She accepted a new tenancy of other premises. The landlord claimed possession of the flat, saying that the tenancy had ended. Held: There was no express surrender within the 1989 Act. The landlord claimed an implied surrender under the 1925 Act. That … Continue reading Ealing Family Housing Association Ltd v McKenzie: CA 10 Oct 2003

Munjaz v Mersey Care National Health Service Trust And the Secretary of State for Health, the National Association for Mental Health (Mind) Respondent interested;: CA 16 Jul 2003

The claimant was a mental patient under compulsory detention, and complained that he had been subjected to periods of seclusion. Held: The appeal succeeded. The hospital had failed to follow the appropriate Code of Practice. The Code was not obligatory, but following it would generally ensure that a patient’s rights were not infringed. It recognised … Continue reading Munjaz v Mersey Care National Health Service Trust And the Secretary of State for Health, the National Association for Mental Health (Mind) Respondent interested;: CA 16 Jul 2003

Carson and Reynolds v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: CA 17 Jun 2003

The claimant Reynolds challenged the differential treatment by age of jobseeker’s allowance. Carson complained that as a foreign resident pensioner, her benefits had not been uprated. The questions in each case were whether the benefit affected a ‘possession’ within the Convention or the discrimination was arbitrary so as to breach the applicants human rights. Held: … Continue reading Carson and Reynolds v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: CA 17 Jun 2003

Rhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council v Watkins: CA 12 Feb 2003

Land had been purchased compulsorily, but the respondent unlawfully returned to possession in 1966, and now claimed title by adverse possession. The Council executed a vesting deed poll in 1988. The Council asserted that he could not be in adverse possession of his own land. Held: ‘anyone who has possession of land can maintain an … Continue reading Rhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council v Watkins: CA 12 Feb 2003

A Health Authority v Dr X and Others: CA 21 Dec 2001

Where, after a children case has been heard, a party wishes to apply for the release of papers, the application should be made before the judge who had heard the case. To do otherwise left the second judge making a difficult assessment with insufficient direct knowledge of the issues and people involved. Judges: Lord Justice … Continue reading A Health Authority v Dr X and Others: CA 21 Dec 2001

Percy v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 21 Dec 2001

The defendant had been convicted of using words or behaviour likely to cause harassment alarm or distress, when she defaced the US flag, and stood on it before a US military officer. She said that the defacing of flags was a common form of protest, that she had no intention to cause alarm or distress, … Continue reading Percy v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 21 Dec 2001

Regina (L and Others) v Manchester City Council, Regina (R and Another) v Same: QBD 28 Sep 2001

The council had a policy under which the financial assistance it gave to short term foster carers who were relatives of the children involved was rather less than would be given to non-family carers. The policy was challenged as unreasonable. Held: The policy which imposed arbitrary financial limits was unreasonable, and would inevitably conflict with … Continue reading Regina (L and Others) v Manchester City Council, Regina (R and Another) v Same: QBD 28 Sep 2001

Loizidou v Turkey: ECHR 23 Mar 1995

(Preliminary objections) The ECHR considered the situation in northern Cyprus when it was asked as to Turkey’s preliminary objections to admissibility: ‘although Article 1 sets limits on the reach of the Convention, the concept of ‘jurisdiction’ under this provision is not restricted to the national territory of the High Contracting Parties. According to its established … Continue reading Loizidou v Turkey: ECHR 23 Mar 1995

Gaskin v The United Kingdom: ECHR 7 Jul 1989

The applicant complained of ill-treatment while he was in the care of a local authority and living with foster parents. He sought access to his case records held by the local authority but his request was denied. Held: The refusal to allow him access to his records involved a breach of his rights under Article … Continue reading Gaskin v The United Kingdom: ECHR 7 Jul 1989

Regina v Immigration Appeal Tribunal and Surinder Singh, ex parte Secretary of State for the Home Department: ECJ 7 Jul 1992

ECJ The provisions of the Treaty relating to the free movement of persons are intended to facilitate the pursuit by Community citizens of occupational activities of all kinds throughout the Community and preclude measures which might place Community citizens at a disadvantage when they wish to pursue an economic activity in the territory of another … Continue reading Regina v Immigration Appeal Tribunal and Surinder Singh, ex parte Secretary of State for the Home Department: ECJ 7 Jul 1992

Regina v Hertfordshire County Council, ex parte Green Environmental Industries Ltd and Another: HL 17 Feb 2000

A notice was given to the holder of a waste disposal licence to require certain information to be provided on pain of prosecution. The provision of such information could also then be evidence against the provider of the commission of a criminal offence. Held: Nevertheless, the provision of such information was required in this case, … Continue reading Regina v Hertfordshire County Council, ex parte Green Environmental Industries Ltd and Another: HL 17 Feb 2000

Lancashire County Council and Another v B and Others; Lancashire County Council v A: HL 16 Mar 2000

A seven month old child had been injured, but it was not possible to establish whether this had taken place whilst with her parents or with a child minder. The Council brought care proceedings also for the minder’s own child B. Held: Even though the parents could not be held responsible, the threshold conditions which … Continue reading Lancashire County Council and Another v B and Others; Lancashire County Council v A: HL 16 Mar 2000

Banomova v Secretary of State for Home Department: CA 25 May 2001

The duty placed on social services authority under Children Act 1989 s17 is a target duty owed to children in general and not justiciable by judicial review – no duty in law to meet assessed needs by providing alternative accommodation for the whole family. As to the decision in Horvath, the system must provide for … Continue reading Banomova v Secretary of State for Home Department: CA 25 May 2001

In Re L (A Minor) (Section 37 Direction): CA 5 Feb 1999

The child was cared for by the maternal grandmother. The court was asked to make orders with regard to the extent of contact for natural mother, and father. Held: In private Children Act proceedings it was generally inappropriate for the judge to order an investigation under s 37, which is a public law procedure. Cases … Continue reading In Re L (A Minor) (Section 37 Direction): CA 5 Feb 1999

Bryant v Housing Corporation: CA 21 May 1998

A complainant before an industrial tribunal will only be allowed to amend her statement in order to add an allegation of victimisation for sex discrimination where this arises naturally from the facts alleged. In this case the new claim was rather more than an amendment and amounted to a substitution of a new claim which … Continue reading Bryant v Housing Corporation: CA 21 May 1998

Z and E v Austria: ECHR 1986

The state must act in a manner calculated to allow those concerned to lead a normal family life. Citations: (1986) 49 DR 67 Statutes: European Convention on Human Rights 8 Jurisdiction: Human Rights Cited by: Cited – Regina v London Borough of Barnet ex parte G; Regina v London Borough of Lambeth ex parte W; … Continue reading Z and E v Austria: ECHR 1986

M v M: 1995

The court considered the consequences of mis-disclosure in ancillary relief proceedings. Thorpe J said: ‘Conduct is only relevant in so far as the wife relies upon the manner in which the husband has conducted these proceedings. Ordinarily speaking, it seems to me that the manner in which proceedings are misconducted is to be reflected in … Continue reading M v M: 1995

A v The London Borough of Lambeth: Admn 25 May 2001

The applicant was mother of three children, two of whom were autistic. She sought re-housing from the defendant. It was claimed that s17 imposed a specific duty on the authority, having identified a child’s needs, in this case for re-housing, to satisfy them. Held: The structure the section is general, and point very clearly to … Continue reading A v The London Borough of Lambeth: Admn 25 May 2001

Regina (on the Application of AB and SB) v Nottingham City Council: Admn 30 Mar 2001

A local authoity’s failure to fulfil its obligations may be the subject of a mandatory order in approriate cases. The Court ordered a local authority to carry out a full assessment of a child’s needs in accordance with the guidance given by the Secretary of State in ‘Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need … Continue reading Regina (on the Application of AB and SB) v Nottingham City Council: Admn 30 Mar 2001

Application for Permission; Bibi: Admn 20 Jul 1999

Application for permission to move for judicial review of the decision of the London Borough of Hounslow not to house Mrs. Bibi and her children as required by section 20 of the Children Act 1989. Judges: Tucker J Citations: [1999] EWHC Admin 711 Links: Bailii Statutes: Children Act 1989 20 Housing, Local Government, Children Updated: … Continue reading Application for Permission; Bibi: Admn 20 Jul 1999

Regina v Kent County Council, Ex parte Salisbury and Pierre: Admn 19 May 1999

Continuing duties of local authrity to children who have been in care on attaining majority. Citations: (1999) 3 CCLR 38, [1999] EWHC Admin 464 Links: Bailii Statutes: Children Act 1989 24 Cited by: Cited – Regina (Stewart) v Wandsworth London Borough Council and Others QBD 17-Sep-2001 The words ‘within their area’ in the section had … Continue reading Regina v Kent County Council, Ex parte Salisbury and Pierre: Admn 19 May 1999

Regina v London Borough of Lambeth ex parte Caddell: Admn 9 Jun 1997

When a child in care attains the age of eighteen, the local authority in whose care the child was before attaining that age, is the one who must provide continuing advice and support. Citations: Times 30-Jun-1997, [1997] EWHC Admin 535, [1998] 1 FLR 253, [1998] Fam Law 20, [1998] 2 FCR 6 Links: Bailii Statutes: … Continue reading Regina v London Borough of Lambeth ex parte Caddell: Admn 9 Jun 1997

Regina v Somerset County Council, ARC Southern Limited ex parte Richard Dixon: Admn 18 Apr 1997

Judges: Sedley J Citations: [1997] EWHC Admin 393, [1998] Env LR 111 Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Disputed – Regina v Canterbury Council ex parte Springimage Limited 1993 The court granted locus standi to an applicant to object to a grant of planning permission by way of an application for judicial review. The … Continue reading Regina v Somerset County Council, ARC Southern Limited ex parte Richard Dixon: Admn 18 Apr 1997

In Re A (A Minor) (Adoption: Contact Order): CA 24 Jun 1993

A contact order had been properly granted with an order freeing the child for adoption. Butler-Sloss LJ: ‘The effect of an order freeing a child for adoption is to extinguish parental responsibility of those previously endowed with it and thus to bring to an end the relationship between the child and his natural family (see … Continue reading In Re A (A Minor) (Adoption: Contact Order): CA 24 Jun 1993

Regina v Mayor and Burgesses of London Borough of Tower Hamlets ex parte Anita Bradford Raymond Bradford, Simon Bradford (a Minor By His Next Friend Raymond Bradford): Admn 13 Jan 1997

Section 17(1) imposes an obligation in respect of the needs of an individual child. Judges: Kay J Citations: (1997) 29 HLR 756, [1997] EWHC Admin 4, (1997) 1 CCLR 294 Links: Bailii Statutes: Children Act 1989 17(1) Cited by: Cited – Regina v Mayor and Burgesses of London Borough of Barking and Dagenham ex parte … Continue reading Regina v Mayor and Burgesses of London Borough of Tower Hamlets ex parte Anita Bradford Raymond Bradford, Simon Bradford (a Minor By His Next Friend Raymond Bradford): Admn 13 Jan 1997

Regina v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority ex parte DB: Admn 17 Oct 1996

Sperm which had been taken from a dying and unconscious man may not be used for the later insemination of his surviving wife. The Act required his written consent. Held: Community Law does not assist the Applicant. The question had been considered in Parliament, and allowing for the limitations on the powers of courts exercising … Continue reading Regina v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority ex parte DB: Admn 17 Oct 1996

Dawson v Wearmouth: HL 4 Feb 1999

The parents were unmarried. The mother had registered the child under her former partner’s surname. The father sought an order that his name be used instead. The mother’s apeal against an order to that effect had succeeded. Held: The father’s appeal succeeded. When considering changing a child’s name by means of a specific issue order, … Continue reading Dawson v Wearmouth: HL 4 Feb 1999

In re G (Children) (Residence: Making of order): CA 27 Jul 2005

The mother applied for but was refused, a residence order. The judge had questioned the need for an order, feeling that section 1(5) raised a presumption against making an order. Held: The appeal succeeded. There was no such presumption. The section asked the court only to ask itself whether an order would be better for … Continue reading In re G (Children) (Residence: Making of order): CA 27 Jul 2005

Regina v Gloucestershire County Council and Another, Ex Parte Barry: HL 21 Mar 1997

The House considered the need when assessing community care provision to include considerations of the cost and resources for care. The case concerned a question about the relevance of cost and arose in the context of a duty to make certain arrangements where a local authority is satisfied this is ‘necessary’ in order to meet … Continue reading Regina v Gloucestershire County Council and Another, Ex Parte Barry: HL 21 Mar 1997

Regina (S) v Swindon Borough Council and Another: QBD 27 Jun 2001

When considering the need for measures to protect a child, the local authority did not first require evidence to a standard which would satisfy a court even on the civil standard of the balance of probabilities. At the later stage where decisions might be taken by a court was the time when standards of evidence … Continue reading Regina (S) v Swindon Borough Council and Another: QBD 27 Jun 2001

E v Legal Aid Board, Ex P W et Al (Minors): QBD 25 Nov 1999

The legal aid board could refuse to grant legal aid to children involved in proceedings to refuse contact to a parent, because the regulations which applied were sufficiently widely drawn to allow a discretion to the local authority to pay the costs. In such circumstances it was not unreasonable for legal aid to be refused. … Continue reading E v Legal Aid Board, Ex P W et Al (Minors): QBD 25 Nov 1999

Birmingham City Council v H (A Minor) and Others: HL 16 Dec 1993

The local authority applied for a care order in respect of a young baby. The mother was only 15 and was a ‘child’ herself. Held: In an application under 34(4) the interests of the child who is the subject of the application are paramount, and precede those of the mother, even if she herself is … Continue reading Birmingham City Council v H (A Minor) and Others: HL 16 Dec 1993

Newham London Borough Council v Attorney-General: CA 1993

The court rejected an argument that ‘likely to suffer significant harm’ in the subsection was to be equated with ‘on the balance of probabilities’. Citations: [1993] 1 FLR 28 Statutes: Children Act 1989 31(2)(a) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Applied – In re A (A Minor) (Care Proceedings) FD 2-Jan-1993 It was again argued … Continue reading Newham London Borough Council v Attorney-General: CA 1993

Kent County Council v The Mother, The Father, B (By Her Children’s Guardian); Re B (A Child) (Disclosure): FD 19 Mar 2004

The council had taken the applicant’s children into care alleging that the mother had harmed them. In the light of the subsequent cases casting doubt on such findings, the mother sought the return of her children. She applied now that the hearings be in public. Held: The applicant and her solicitors had already made significant … Continue reading Kent County Council v The Mother, The Father, B (By Her Children’s Guardian); Re B (A Child) (Disclosure): FD 19 Mar 2004

In Re E (A Child): Special Guardianship Order: CA 13 Mar 2007

The grandparents of E who had obtained a special guardianship order to take care of their grand-daughter, whose parents were addicted to drugs, appealed an order refusing them permission to change her surname to theirs. Held: The decision was not inconsistent with the grant of the order giving them parental responsibility. The court retained its … Continue reading In Re E (A Child): Special Guardianship Order: CA 13 Mar 2007

C v Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council: FD 1993

The court allowed a limited period of ‘planned and purposeful delay’ before making a care order. Ward J: ‘We have heard much, as we have prepared for the implementation of the Children Act 1989, about partnership. One of those partnerships is the very important one between the court and the local authority, where the part … Continue reading C v Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council: FD 1993

Berkshire County Council v C and others: QBD 1993

Care proceedings were commenced in respect of two children. The court directed the local authority to carry out an assessment which would require in effect the full time attention of a social worker, the child having been taken into care. The authority replied that it would undertake the assessment but that there would be a … Continue reading Berkshire County Council v C and others: QBD 1993

A County Council v W and others (Disclosure): FD 1997

In the absence of section 12 it would be contempt to disclose matter before a children’s court to the General Medical Council. Judges: Cazalet J Citations: [1997] 1 FLR 574 Statutes: Children Act 1989 12 Cited by: Cited – Kent County Council v The Mother, The Father, B (By Her Children’s Guardian); Re B (A … Continue reading A County Council v W and others (Disclosure): FD 1997

In re Z (A Minor) (Identification: Restrictions on Publication): CA 31 Jul 1995

The court was asked whether the daughter of Cecil Parkinson and Sarah Keays should be permitted to take part in a television programme about the specialist help she was receiving for her special educational needs. Held: The court refused to vary an injunction against publication of any details with regard to a particular child. This … Continue reading In re Z (A Minor) (Identification: Restrictions on Publication): CA 31 Jul 1995

Regina v London Borough of Hammersmith, ex parte P: QBD 1989

The applicants were members of six homeless families who had occupied accommodation in Northern Ireland. The council concluded that members of each household except one had been guilty of criminal and anti-social behaviour, as a result of which the IRA had threatened that they would all be killed unless they left Northern Ireland within 72 … Continue reading Regina v London Borough of Hammersmith, ex parte P: QBD 1989

Regina v B County Council, ex parte P: CA 1991

Application was made for judicial review of a decision of the magistrate in proceedings under the Children and Young Persons Act. The issue arose as to whether or not young children should be compelled to give evidence. Held: The decision of the magistrate not to compel the witness was not reviewable. Butler-Sloss LJ said that … Continue reading Regina v B County Council, ex parte P: CA 1991

In re H (Children: Residence order: Relocation): CA 30 Jul 2001

A court has the power under the Act to impose a condition on a residence order to prevent a proposed move within the UK. Such an order would be exceptional. In the absence of such a condition, there was nothing to require a parent with residence wanting to move to Northern Ireland, first to seek … Continue reading In re H (Children: Residence order: Relocation): CA 30 Jul 2001

Regina v Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council ex parte Garlick and similar: HL 19 Mar 1993

No homelessness priority could be established by means of having a child applying for housing, rather than his or her parent. An application by a person suffering mental disability who would also be dependent upon others was also rejected. In each case the true application was by the parent or carer. The Act is concerned … Continue reading Regina v Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council ex parte Garlick and similar: HL 19 Mar 1993

A v A (Children: Shared Residence Order): CA 3 Feb 1994

A shared residence order may be still made if it is needed, but it remains an unusual order. Connell J discussed the guidance given as to shared residence orderButler-Sloss LJ said: ‘Miss Moulder, representing the father, accepts that the conventional order still is that there would be residence to one parent with contact to the … Continue reading A v A (Children: Shared Residence Order): CA 3 Feb 1994

Re C and B (Care Order: Future Harm): CA 2001

Hale LJ said that ‘a comparatively small risk of really serious harm can justify action, while even the virtual certainty of slight harm might not’. Judges: Hale LJ Citations: [2001] 1 FLR 611 Statutes: Children Act 1989 31(2) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Plymouth City Council v HM Coroner for the County … Continue reading Re C and B (Care Order: Future Harm): CA 2001

A Health Authority v X (Discovery: Medical Conduct): FD 2001

There is a compelling public interest in authorising the disclosure of documents to the General Medical Council if they ‘are or may be relevant to the General Medical Council carrying out its statutory duties to protect the public against possible medical misconduct’. Judges: Cazalet J Citations: [2001] 2 FLR 673 Statutes: Children Act 1989 12 … Continue reading A Health Authority v X (Discovery: Medical Conduct): FD 2001

Attorney General ex rel Tilley v Wandsworth London Borough Council: 1981

The section was to be given a wide interpretation. Citations: [1981] 1 WLR 854 Statutes: Child Care Act 1980 2(1) Cited by: Cited – Regina v London Borough of Barnet ex parte G; Regina v London Borough of Lambeth ex parte W; Regina v London Borough of Lambeth ex parte A HL 23-Oct-2003 The applicants … Continue reading Attorney General ex rel Tilley v Wandsworth London Borough Council: 1981

Pickering v Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Newspapers plc: HL 1991

Damages were awarded for a breach of statutory duty where the claimant had suffered loss or damage by reason of the breach. The publication at issue went beyond reporting and ‘it reached deeply into the substance of the matter which the court had closed its doors to consider’. A mental health review tribunal is a … Continue reading Pickering v Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Newspapers plc: HL 1991

Re G (Care proceedings: split trials): CA 2001

In a situation where an application is made for a care order, and the threshold criteria are met, but the court cannot decide which carer is responsible, the preferable interpretation is that in such cases the court is able to proceed at the welfare stage on the footing that each of the possible perpetrators is … Continue reading Re G (Care proceedings: split trials): CA 2001

Re S (Children: Care Plan); In re W and B (Children: Care plan) In re W (Child: Care plan): HL 14 Mar 2002

The Court of Appeal had imposed conditions upon the care plan to be implemented by the local authorities, identifying certain ‘starred’ essential milestones. The local authorities appealed. Held: This was not a legitimate extension of the powers contained in the 1989 Act. There exist clear problems in local authorities implementing care plans, and those difficulties … Continue reading Re S (Children: Care Plan); In re W and B (Children: Care plan) In re W (Child: Care plan): HL 14 Mar 2002

Re B and W (Minors), Lancashire County Council and Another v B and Others: CA 27 Jul 1999

The threshold conditions for the making of a care order, relate to the absence of proper care of a child, and the suffering of significant harm whilst in care arrangements then prevailing. There was no requirement on the court that it be able to apportion any direct responsibility for that harm to any individual person. … Continue reading Re B and W (Minors), Lancashire County Council and Another v B and Others: CA 27 Jul 1999

S v S (Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Intervening): CA 9 Sep 1998

A court should order the police to divulge the address of a child in contact cases where they are re-assured that the child is not at risk, but, for example, domestic violence may have occurred. An officer cannot promise confidentiality but his views should be respected. Citations: Gazette 09-Sep-1998, Gazette 16-Sep-1998, Times 24-Aug-1998 Statutes: Children … Continue reading S v S (Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Intervening): CA 9 Sep 1998

City of London v Samede and Others: QBD 18 Jan 2012

The claimant sought an order for possession of land outside St Paul’s cathedral occupied by the protestor defendants, consisting of ‘a large number of tents, between 150 and 200 at the time of the hearing, many of them used by protestors, either regularly or from time to time, as overnight accommodation, and several larger tents … Continue reading City of London v Samede and Others: QBD 18 Jan 2012

Re B (Threshold Criteria): CA 9 Jun 1998

Where a supervision order was sought by local authority in respect of allegations made which were awaiting trial, and an order could be made before the criminal findings where enough was admitted by the carer to support the need for a supervision order. Citations: Gazette 01-Jul-1998 Statutes: Children Act 1989 31(2) Jurisdiction: England and Wales … Continue reading Re B (Threshold Criteria): CA 9 Jun 1998

Regina v Legal Aid Board, Ex Parte W and Others (Minors): CA 19 Sep 2000

When considering the granting of legal aid for a solicitor to be appointed to represent a child’s guardian ad litem in proceedings under section 34, the Board had failed to acknowledge the requirement under the Rules placed upon a guardian to be represented. There was no choice about the appointment. The power to reject an … Continue reading Regina v Legal Aid Board, Ex Parte W and Others (Minors): CA 19 Sep 2000

Plymouth City Council v C and Another: CA 21 Mar 2000

Where a child coming into care had had connection with two local authorities beforehand, the primary statutory responsibility for care would be determined by assessing which was the authority with a connection to the child immediately before the period to be disregarded under the Act for any temporary placement. The court reaffirmed the simple test … Continue reading Plymouth City Council v C and Another: CA 21 Mar 2000

Practice Direction (Court of Appeal) (Civil Division): CA 19 Apr 1999

As part of the modernisation and reform of civil procedure, all the principal Court of Appeal practice directions are consolidated now into this one document handed down by the court.‘2. Permission to appeal2.1 When is permission required?2.1.1. Most appeals require the permission of the court below (the court which made the decision which is challenged) … Continue reading Practice Direction (Court of Appeal) (Civil Division): CA 19 Apr 1999

Northamptonshire County Council v Islington London Borough Council: CA 21 Jul 1999

When two local authorities were competing not to be responsible for the costs of a child committed to care, and the child had proper connections with both areas, the issue was to be decided by asking first whether the child had in fact any ‘ordinary residence’ as such, which would settle the issue in almost … Continue reading Northamptonshire County Council v Islington London Borough Council: CA 21 Jul 1999

In Re R (A Child) (Care Proceedings: Disclosure): CA 18 Jul 2000

A guardian ad litem, representing one child, was entitled to see a report, prepared by the child protection committee of the local authority, which related to the death of the child’s sibling. Such a report constituted a report prepared by the authority whilst exercising a statutory function assigned to it. No question of policy could … Continue reading In Re R (A Child) (Care Proceedings: Disclosure): CA 18 Jul 2000

Jenkins v Essex County Council: FD 25 Nov 1998

An option to take a tenancy of a property was not sufficient to constitute ‘premises’ for the Act. The section presupposed existence of premises which could be inspected and approved, and on which a registration could be based Citations: Gazette 25-Nov-1998 Statutes: Children Act 1989 71(1)(b) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Licensing Updated: 10 May 2022; … Continue reading Jenkins v Essex County Council: FD 25 Nov 1998

In Re J (A Minor) (Prohibited Steps Order: Circumcision): CA 22 Dec 1999

Where there was a dispute between parents as to the necessity or propriety of circumcising a child, it was appropriate that the court should be involved to make the decision. Such decisions were vital to the child’s upbringing and irreversible. Here the court had properly considered the matters before him. One parent was not able … Continue reading In Re J (A Minor) (Prohibited Steps Order: Circumcision): CA 22 Dec 1999