Re C (A Child): A catalogue of errors

Lord Justice Ryder
Just a quick heads-up for an important decision today.

Re C (A Child) EWCA Civ 1412 was a catalogue of errors in a private law children case, in which a father was refused direct contact with his son after there had been an assumption of alleged facts against him when the court had not conducted a fact-finding hearing "and accordingly the judge's welfare evaluation was based on what is said to be a false premise".

In his judgment Lord Justice Ryder sets out guidance (approved by the President) aimed at avoiding some of the procedural irregularities that arose, not helped by the lack of legal representation - see paragraphs 11 to 17 inclusive and paragraphs 20, 26, 40, 47 and 48.

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