Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This appalling story requires little comment, save for the question: why was the mother forced to return to this country to defend Children Act proceedings issued here by the father, thereby putting her in harm's way? The report doesn't state exactly what orders the father sought, or whether the issue of jurisdiction (i.e. whether arrangements for the children should be dealt with by the court in this country or in Australia) was argued but if it was then I suspect that this country would have been favoured, as it had been the children's usual home. However, given the history of the matter, any such decision must now be open for serious criticism, even if it was right in law.