Further to this post, the UK Human Rights Blog this morning published what they call a 'press release' from Sir Nicholas Wall on the Victoria Haigh case (quite why a press release was sent to them and has not as far as I can see been released elsewhere, for example on the Judicary media releases page, I don't know).
Anyhow, in the release Sir Nicholas points out that Miss Haigh did not lodge an appeal, either against the judge’s decision that the father had not sexually abused his daughter and that she had manufactured the “evidence”, or the finding that she had caused the child significant harm and the making of the care order. Lucy Reed at Pink Tape finds the absence of any appeal to be 'notable', and at first blush it does seem somewhat odd. After all, an appeal would be the first reaction of most people who are so certain of their case.
I do not know why Miss Haigh did not appeal. Perhaps this will become clearer when the judgments and documentation come into the public domain, as promised by Sir Nicholas. However, I would venture one possible reason: that she had lost all confidence in the system. Perhaps she decided that all those within the system were against her, that an appeal would thus be pointless, and that she must therefore have recourse to some other, shall we say, non-conventional means of redress.
I am not for one moment saying that the decisions of the court were wrong, just that we should not necessarily assume that the lack of any appeal amounts to an admission by Miss Haigh that she accepted that those decisions were right.