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A mother has lost her appeal over a judge’s decision to continue a fact-finding hearing later this month in care proceedings in circumstances where her leading counsel cannot be physically present because she is required to shield from the COVID-19 infection.

The proceedings in A Local Authority v The Mother & Ors [2020] EWHC 1233 were brought after a three-year old girl died of cocaine ingestion at home.

In a 'hybrid' hearing, Mr Justice Williams in the Family Division of the High Court had already taken a substantial amount of expert evidence remotely and it had been decided, with the agreement of all parties, that the remaining lay evidence would be given live in court.

Read the full article here: Local Government Lawyer

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