Let Her Appeal!

Let her appeal! MPs back gran, 58, branded too old to adopt granddaughter: Decision labelled ‘disturbing’ as campaigners say couple must be allowed to argue their case

  • Pressure grows for couple prevented from adopting their only grandchild
  • They were told they were ‘too old’ to look after the girl as she grew older
  • But campaigners have rallied to their defence and branded it ‘disturbing’
  • They have said the elderly couple must be allowed to appeal the decision
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Top judge says family courts are ‘neither compassionate nor even humane’

A couple who have struggled to get legal aid while fighting to stop their three-year-old son being Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court, said the public had a right to know “what is being done in their name” and called for the courts to adapt to the internet eraadopted could be forgiven for thinking that they are “trapped” in a system which is “neither compassionate nor even humane”, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales has said. Read more, click here

Judgment in a retrial of a fact-finding hearing – Re A (A Child) [2013] EWHC 3502 (Fam)

Judgment in a retrial of a fact-finding hearing in which guidance is given for such hearings when one or other parent suffers from a learning disability.

This judgment follows a re-trial ordered by the Court of Appeal (neutral citation number [2012] EWCA (Civ) 1905) after the Court had allowed the father’s appeal on the principal ground that the first instance judge who conducted a fact-finding hearing had failed to make appropriate provision for the father’s learning difficulties and that, as a result, he had not received a fair hearing. Read more Click here