The decision to lift reporting restrictions on judgments concerning the ruler of Dubai shows the judiciary is taking note of calls for transparency in the family court, according to a family lawyer. Anna-Laura Lock, senior associate at full-service firm Winckworth Sherwood, said the public interest in the decision to publish the judgments is clear.
Redacted judgments concerning the wardship of two of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's children were published yesterday after the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal on the ground that the application did not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance. They included a fact-finding judgment by the family division president, Sir Andrew McFarlane, that Sheikh Mohammed ’ordered and orchestrated’ the unlawful abduction of his daughter Shamsa from the UK to Dubai.
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