Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 89 (Jul)
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Ward, Clarke LJJ and Sir Martin Nourse

Representation Gail Owen for the mother.
  The father appeared in person.
Judgment Dates: 5 July 2002


Family proceedings - Orders in family proceedings - Parental responsibility order and contact order - Father having contact by consent with child - Father applying for contact order and parental responsibility order - Father making referrals regarding child to social services department - Judge finding referrals intended to harass mother - Judge terminating contact and refusing application for parental responsibility - Whether judge correct.

The Case

In a case in which the conviction of a defendant depended on the jury accepting the evidence of the complainant and there were different counts alleging similar conduct, the fact that the jury acquitted on one or more counts did not of itself mean that the guilty verdict on one or more other counts was inconsistent with the acquittals. The defendant rather had to show that the verdicts were logically inconsistent and that the inconsistency was such as to demand interference by an appellate court.

Practice Areas

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