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The Court of Appeal has delivered an excoriating assessment of a judge’s ‘unprecedented’ summary dismissal of care proceedings at an interim procedural stage. Lord Justice Peter Jackson said neither the local authority nor the courts had acted correctly in H-L (Children: Summary Dismissal of Care Proceedings : the council handled the issue in a ‘shambolic matter’, while the court took more than a year but still had not established how the girl at the heart of proceedings had been injured. The judgment upheld an appeal against summary dismissal of care proceedings and ordered fresh proceedings, allocated to a different judge. The case concerned a then two-year-old child who was found with ... Full story

25 April