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Certain family proceedings should not be conducted remotely, the president of the family division has said after intervening in a case involving a young girl living in ‘limbo’.

Just because a hearing can be conducted remotely does not mean it should, Sir Andrew McFarlane said in Re P (A Child: Remote Hearing), published this week.

Proceedings began a year ago. The local authority said the girl suffered significant harm as a result of induced or fabricated illness. The mother contests the issues. A 15-day hearing was scheduled for this week to fix a final care plan for the child, who has been living with the mother’s friend under an interim care order.

When McFarlane became aware of the hearing, he said he was surprised it was being conducted remotely and invited the judge to adjourn.

Read the full article here: Law Gazette

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