News Essentials: 2nd July 2022

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


Family Court Statistics Quarterly: January to March 2022
Volume of cases dealt with by family courts over time, with statistics also broken down for the main types of case involved. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Legal aid statistics: January to March 2022
Activity in the legal aid system for England and Wales, including criminal and civil legal aid, family mediation, providers of legal aid, client characteristics and Central Funds payments. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Archie Battersbee’s parents win court of appeal fight in life-support case
Family of 12-year-old challenged ruling Archie is brain-stem dead and treatment can be stopped. Full story: The Guardian.

Child Maintenance Service statistics: data to March 2022 (experimental)
Quarterly experimental statistics on the Child Maintenance Service to March 2022. Full story: Department for Work and Pensions.

Appointment of support to Lead Judge for Private Family Law
Following the announcement of 11 January 2022, appointing Mrs Justice Knowles as Lead Judge for Private Family Law, The President of the Family Division has further announced that Mrs Justice Morgan will provide additional support to Mrs Justice Knowles in her role. Full story: Family Law Week.


Y (A Minor) [2022] EWFC 69 (24 June 2022)
Final hearing of care proceedings in relation to child of Hungarian parents. Full report: Bailii.

Blackpool Borough Council v HT (A Minor) & Ors [2022] EWHC 1480 (Fam) (17 June 2022)
Application by local authority seeking extension of DoL order in relation to 17 year old, authorising restrictions amounting to deprivation of liberty that are placed on her in her current placement. Full report: Bailii.

Nottingham County Council v Farmer & Ors [2022] EWFC 66 (11 April 2022)
Final hearing of care proceedings concerning children aged 15 and 13, whose father had been convicted of murdering their mother. Included applications to change children's surname from that of the father to that of the mother, and to extinguish the father's parental responsibility. Full report: Bailii.

D (A Child: Placement Order), Re [2022] EWCA Civ 896 (30 June 2022)
Care proceedings. Appeal by maternal grandmother against decision that child could not be placed with her but should be placed for adoption. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

R v S [2022] EWFC 65 (09 May 2022)
Application by father in high conflict contact dispute for disclosure of footage from mother's household CCTV. Application refused. Full report: Bailii.

London Borough of Z v A, B, C, D, E & F & Ors [2022] EWFC 63 (24 March 2022)
Final hearing of care proceedings in relation to six siblings. Full report: Bailii.

A London Local Authority v KB & Anor [2022] EWFC 39 (09 May 2022)
Fact-finding hearing in public law proceedings in respect of a boy born in November 2020, the result of the mother's rape by one of her carers. Full report: Bailii.

A Local Authority v AA [2022] EWHC 1596 (Fam) (15 June 2022)
Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings in relation to two children aged 4 and 22 months. Full report: Bailii.

ZY, A Child), Re [2022] EWHC 1328 (Fam) (24 May 2022)
Application by NHS Trust for a declaration that it is in child's best interests to undergo a biopsy under general anaesthetic to investigate a suspected tumour in his right ankle. Full report: Bailii.