Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 81 (Oct)
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Thorpe LJ and Bodey J

Representation Jonathan Baker QC and Elisabeth Hudson for the mother.
  Janet Mitchell and Isabelle Watson for the local authority.
Judgment Dates: 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.

The Case

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.

Practice Areas

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