It is not appropriate for a 15-day hearing into whether a mother has harmed her seven-year-old daughter to be held remotely, the president of the Family Court has ruled.
Sir Andrew McFarlane said that, despite the urgency of the situation, the hearing – which had been due to begin on Monday – could not “properly or fairly be conducted” without the mother’s physical presence before a judge in a courtroom.
This was despite the local authority – which alleges that the child has been caused significant harm as a result of fabricated or induced illness – and the father both supporting a remote hearing because of the coronavirus crisis. The mother opposed it.
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