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A High Court judge has adjourned care proceedings after concluding that evidence from the parties should be given at an in-person hearing.

Tina Cook QC of 42 Bedford Row, who acted for an intervenor in the case concerned, said Mr Justice Williams’ “fantastic and detailed” judgment summarised “the very recent and pertinent advice and authorities as to remote hearings and fairness”.

She added: “This is one [case] that is going to be appealed but it gives a good overview to help all practitioners make decisions in the best interest of their clients.”

Mr Justice Williams' ruling in the Family Division of the High Court came in A Local Authority v The Mother & Ors [2020] EWHC 1233, proceedings which were brought after a three-year-old girl died of cocaine ingestion while at home.

Read the full article here: Local Government Lawyer

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