||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 81 (Oct)
||Court of Appeal, Civil Division
Thorpe LJ and Bodey J
||Jonathan Baker QC and Elisabeth Hudson for the mother.
||Janet Mitchell and Isabelle Watson for the local authority.
||7 October 2002
Family proceedings - Evidence - Anonymity of witness - Identification - Care proceedings - Judge allowing witness to give evidence anonymously - Judge accepting witness's evidence identifying children's father as man accompanying mother - Whether judge in error.
In care proceedings concerning two children, a judge had erred in allowing a social worker to give evidence anonymously and to have accepted her identification of a man seen accompanying the children's mother as the father of the children in the circumstances in which that identification had been made.
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