Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2007] All ER (D) 59 (Jun)
Court: Family Division

Baron J

Judgment Dates: 7 June 2007


Practice - Family proceedings - Proceedings relating to children - Care proceedings - Local authority alleging child suffering non-accidental injury by mother - Court ordering police to disclose information arising from investigations by specified date - Order not being issued until after specified date - Police failing to comply despite being aware of order's content - Court being unable to proceed with hearing - Appropriate action to be taken by local authority in response to failure to issue or comply with orders..

The Case

Practice Family proceedings. Where, in the course of care proceedings in which a mother had been accused of inflicting non-accidental injury upon her child, an order had been made inter alia, requiring the police to disclose all information arising from the investigation by 26March 2007, but the order had not been issued until 30 April and not complied with until 7 June, the court ruled that the local authority should seek clear directions from the court at an early stage, first, where orders were not produced by the court, and secondly, where there were delays in compliance with those orders.

Practice Areas

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