Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 374 (Mar)
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Simon Brown and Hale LJJ

Representation The father appeared in person.
  The mother did not appear and was not represented.
  Andrew Norton (instructed by Gerry Budd) for the interested party.
Judgment Dates: 22 March 2002


Family Proceedings - Orders in family proceedings - Contact order - Court ordering split trial for factual issues and contact - Court adjourning two hearings on basis report not prepared and mother unwell - Whether split trial should have been ordered - Whether adjournments should have been granted.

The Case

The Court of Appeal allowed an appeal against two decisions of the County Court adjourning a trial over parental contact; the length of the delays were such that it could be said that the system had failed the child and her father.

Practice Areas

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