Thursday, April 29, 2010

A sign of things to come?

Lord Justice Wall (left), the new President of the Family Division, today adjourned an application by a father for permission to appeal against contact and s.91(14) orders to a full court, despite clearly being minded to refuse permission himself. The reason for this was that: "The father is amongst many who feel let down by the system, and if his application is not to overcome the permission hurdle that is, I think, a decision which should be taken by the full court."

Could this be a sign of a new attitude towards those "who feel let down by the system"? Under the new President will that system make greater efforts to placate those aggrieved by its workings? We shall see...

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