I am indebted once again to John Hirst of Jailhouselawyer's Blog for bringing to my attention this story that appeared in the Sunday Times today. Apparently, a mother will lose all contact with her child, because the court considers that she is 'too stupid' to look after her. She is now taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights.
On the face of it, this appears to be an appalling decision, no doubt picked up with glee by the media in its continuing campaign to discredit the family justice system. However, I am sure that there is much more to this case than appears in the Sunday Times report. I am not saying that the court was justified in taking the action that it did (I have insufficient information to comment either way), just that sometimes its secrecy can work against the system. Perhaps it is time for a real opening up of the courts?