News Essentials: 25th September 2017

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

Labour-backed report calls for more generous legal aid system
Review criticises coalition government’s cuts and calls for new law enshrining right to justice. Full story: The Guardian. See report here.

Flexible court hours pilot is postponed
Now due to start in February 2018. Full story: Family Law Week.

Children and Social Work Act 2017 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2017
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2017 bring specified provisions of the Children and Social Work Act into force on 31 October 2017. Full story: Family Law Week.

Legal proceedings not needed in treatment withdrawal case, says judge
A Court of Protection judge has concluded that legal proceedings were not necessary when there was agreement between the family of a sufferer from Huntington’s disease and her clinicians that clinically assisted nutrition and hydration was no longer in her best interests and should be withdrawn with the consequence that she would die. Full story: Local Government Lawyer. See report, below.

Judge throws McKenzie Friend out of court over “tirade” against him and solicitors
A district judge has explained how he had to throw a McKenzie Friend out of his court after she disrupted proceedings and threatened complaints against him and the other side’s solicitors. Full story: Legal Futures. See report, below.

Judge blasts lack of therapy for mother faced with losing second child
A Family Court judge has questioned the spending of money on the issuing of legal proceedings and on psychological evidence when this expenditure is incurred before attempts have been made at therapeutic support, in a case where a vulnerable mother was faced with the loss of a second child to adoption. Full story: Local Government Lawyer. See A Local Authority v The Mother & Anor.

LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends : breach of court orders) [2017] EWFC B62 (18 August 2017)
Final hearing of wife's application for financial remedies, including explanation of refusal of application for rights of audience by McKenzie friend for husband. Full report: Bailii.

M v A Hospital [2017] EWCOP 19 (20 September 2017)
Application, in effect, for the court to determine that it would be in best interests of a woman suffering from Huntington's disease not to continue to receive clinically assisted nutrition and hydration, with the consequence that she would die. Full report: Bailii.

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