News Essentials: 8th May 2017

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:

No 'judicial consent' needed for MI5 to quiz 'ward of court' teens, judge rules
MI5 agents and anti-terror police have been given the go-ahead to question teenagers placed under the control of family court judges as a result of radicalisation fears. Full story: The Telegraph. See Re A Ward of Court, below,

Resolution calls for pledges on family justice from party leaders ahead of General Election
Nigel Shepherd, National Chair of Resolution, has called on the major political parties to commit to modernising family justice in their manifesto. Full story: Family Law.

President’s guidance: Judicial Cooperation with Serious Case Reviews
Guidance issued by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division on 2 May 2017. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Child Maintenance Service inquiry report published
The Work and Pensions Committee Child Maintenance Service (CMS) inquiry was published today, following its launch in July 2016. Full story: Family Law.

A Ward of Court, Re [2017] EWHC 1022 (Fam) (04 May 2017)
Judgment concerning issue of whether an officer of the Security Service should seek the prior authority of the court before approaching someone who is a ward of court. Full report: Bailii.

MS v MN [2017] EWHC 324 (Fam) (02 February 2017)
Appeal by mother against contact order. Appeal allowed, on grounds that judge had failed to consider PD 12J, or relevant cases where there had been domestic violence. Full report: Bailii.

Roxar v Jaledoust [2017] EWHC 977 (Fam) (28 April 2017)
Appeal by husband against order varying periodical payments order for wife, the husband seeking a clean break. Full report: Bailii.

Great Ormond Street Hospital -v- Yates and Gard [2017] EWHC 972 (Fam) (11 April 2017)
Application by NHS Trust for an order that it is lawful and in best interests of child with brain damage for artificial ventilation to be withdrawn, and for his treating clinicians to provide him with palliative care only. Full report: Bailii.

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