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The president of the family division has said courts must make ‘hard-headed’ decisions about which cases must be heard remotely and those which can wait, as the profession continues to get to grips with working outside the court environment.

In B (Children)(Remote Hearing: Interim Care Order) Sir Andrew McFarlane warned of courts becoming ‘overloaded’ with remote hearings after finding that a child had been wrongly removed from the care of his grandmother and placed in foster care. The judge said the order should not have been made and ruled that the child return home, having been subject to a ‘chain reaction in the course of which fundamental legal and procedural principles came to be compromised’.

Read the full article here: Law Gazette

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