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One-hour oral judgment in family case ‘plainly irregular’

14th September 2023

Law Gazette

A one-hour oral judgment delivered on a complex family case was ‘manifestly insufficient’ and should be re-examined, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Lord Justice Baker concluded in T and Others (Children: Adequacy of Reasons) (Rev1) that the process adopted by His Honour Judge Oliver was ‘plainly irregular’ and did not take account of the detailed submissions of the parties.

The family court judge had overseen a fact-finding hearing relating a girl’s allegations that she was sexually abused by her older brother and also that she was physically assaulted by her mother, who had sought to cover up the sexual abuse.

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