Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Friday, 27 May 2011
2.05pm - Overview of the proposals in the interim report -, Keith Towler
- Family Justice Review
2.30pm - Group discussions - Private law, Public law and Family Justice
3.00pm - Discussion groups feedback
3.30pm - Q&A
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
An injunction which bans publication of information on Twitter and Facebook has been issued by a High Court judge.
It is thought to be the first specific ban on publishing information on any "social network or media including Twitter or Facebook", plus other media.
It was made by Mr Justice Baker in the Court of Protection, which is linked to the Family Division of the High Court.
Orders to prevent children being identified usually ban publication in print, websites and media broadcasts.
The order by Mr Justice Baker was issued in a case involving a woman, who can be referred to only as "M".
She has been in "a minimally conscious state" since suffering from swelling of the brain stem, which caused serious damage and wasting to the brain.
The woman suffered the illness in 2003, when she was 43, and has been minimally conscious since then.
Her mother applied to the Court of Protection - which deals with cases of those who are unable to make their own decisions on medical care or other issues - for an order that those who are looking after M could withdraw nourishment and medical treatment and allow her to die, while giving her the care and treatment she needed to suffer the least distress and maintain as much dignity as possible.
English courts jurisdiction
Mr Justice Baker had already issued an injunction in the case banning the media not merely from publishing information which could identify anyone involved in the case, but also from contacting a list of 65 people who were connected with it, including M's relatives and care home staff.
The new order, which was attached to a judgment handed down on Thursday, bans the identification of the parties and other people, and the care home or NHS Trust responsible for treating M.
It also bans anyone from making any attempt to contact a variety of people, including M's mother, sister and husband, or going within specified distances of certain people and locations.
The specific ban on publication of information on social media comes after a user of the Twitter website used it to publish details of individuals who had allegedly obtained injunctions banning the media from publishing stories about their private lives.
However, legal observers believe it could be difficult to enforce because both Twitter and Facebook are run by companies in the US, which are outside the jurisdiction of the English courts.
This could make it difficult to trace the identity of anyone who posted material.
The Court of Protection Rules specify that cases are usually heard in secret.
However, it does allow for exceptions in which cases can be heard in public, subject to reporting restrictions protecting the identities of the parties.
Meanwhile, a blogger who published the full text of a gagging order online has said he did so because he did not agree with the idea that people should be able to go to court to silence others.
It is thought to be the first time that a person who can be identified - the blogger's name, address, phone number and two e-mail address appear on his blog site - has published a full copy of an injunction online.
The move marks the latest stage in a growing internet backlash against secrecy orders issued by English courts.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
If anyone would like to go you need to register your interest.
Dear Jane Jackson
As you are aware, the Family Justice Review panel launched its interim report and invited responses to its proposals for reform. The panels’ interim report sets out proposals to tackle problems faced by the family justice system.
Its recommendations aim to bring greater coherence through organisational change and better management, making the system more able to cope with current and future pressures, reducing duplication of scrutiny and diverting more issues away from court.
As part of the consultation process, we are holding four open discussion events in England and Wales to provide an opportunity for individuals to hear more about the review and debate and discuss the proposals set out in the interim report. Details of these events are below:
Wednesday 18 May (approximately 2pm – 4pm) London
Tuesday 31 May (approximately 2pm – 4pm) – Cardiff
Wednesday 1 June (approximately 2pm – 4pm) – Manchester
Tuesday 7 June (approximately 2pm – 4pm) – Birmingham
The events are expected to last approximately two hours. Due to limited spaces the places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to attend please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org stating what date you are interested in.
The interim report and online survey can be found at: www.justice.gov.uk/publications/policy/moj/family-justice-review.htm
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Perseverance, perseverance, perseverance!
We haven’t seen our beautiful granddaughter since 2007 now, and I had two options, either I could cry myself to sleep every night or I could become pro-active and turn a terrible negative situation into something positive.
I chose the second option.
As there are over one million children denied access to their grandparents there must be a large number of grandparents feeling just like I was, how to reach them?
I wrote to my local newspaper and told them my story, they sent a photographer and I waited, nothing appeared, I contacted them and they said they had decided not to print it.
All I wanted them to do was to publise the fact I wanted to set up a support group, but that didn’t seem to be enough.
Several Christmas’ ago, I decided to have a Christmas tree in my garden, and it would be for all grandchildren who wouldn’t be seeing their grandparents during the festive season.
I tied yellow ribbons on all the trees in my road and attached an information sheet to them, to raise awareness.
Grandparents that I had been in touch with, on various internet forums, from all over the UK started emailing me messages to put on the Christmas tree, I took photos of the tree and sent them copies.
Once again I wrote to my local paper, which sent yet another reporter and photographer, again on Christmas Eve I was told that their legal department had said that they couldn’t print it.
I had written to ITV West and they asked if they could do a feature on their news programme, which they did.
Finally, I decided to write to the letters page of the local paper with the headline, ‘Tea and Cake for our Grandchildren.’
It worked, grandparents started ringing up and we are now up and running, giving support at meetings, on the phone and by emailing.
It is clear that grandparents find it difficult to put their head above the parapet .I think there are various reasons for this. It can be that they are so afraid of making their situation worse, so they don’t say anything, they may well be going through a court case and they don’t want to jeopardize their case, some grandparents keep it to themselves and in fact don’t talk to anyone about the pain they are feeling.
It is important the the group is member lead, so listen to other grandparents ideas and get everyone involved, it soon becomes 'their' group.
You can start off by meeting in your home, and maybe changing venue by a rota or if it becomes to big consider hiring a hall or small room.
Try not to incur costs, and ask for voluntary donations for tea,coffee etc.
Get in touch if I can help you start your group.
The moral is keep going.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Sunday, 1 May 2011
As you will know it is Fathers’ Day on June 19th and I am writing on behalf of fathers who are denied contact with their children, my son being just one of them.
As my representative in Parliament I would like to know how you and the public know that laws and guidelines given to Schools, Doctors and Social workers in respect of giving information to BOTH parents about their children is made and who are they accountable to?
In my experience in running Bristol Grandparents Support Group, I know that very often these laws and guidelines are often not adhered to.
I would be grateful to hear your views.