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Judge wrong to let 14-year-old boy instruct solicitor

27th July 2023

Legal Futures

A family court judge was wrong to order that a 14-year-old boy be allowed to instruct his own solicitor in care proceedings, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Lord Justice Peter Jackson said Her Honour Judge McKinnell “made her own assessment” of the boy’s ability to instruct after meeting him, describing him as “very mature and very insightful” when the evidence from two psychiatrists was that he was “emotionally immature and lacking insight”.

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