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Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news.

Media Reports of Family Courts Case and Family Justice Issues

  • Reports on the sudden death of Hayley Gascoigne in the Hull family court
    • The Daily Mail reported at 9pm on Thursday 26th January (updated on the 28th) with Devastated father tells how mother died in court ‘because of stress’ and passed away in her sister’s arms just days after she wrote about how happy she was spending time with her four children.  An earlier piece was taken down. The current sub-header says she died ‘as the judge was delivering his ruling’ which is odd given they also say in the same piece that she was in the concourse and the judge was female.
    • The Judiciary published a short judgment on Friday 26th explaining the decision to prohibit reporting until 9pm on the day Ms Gascoigne died, to allow an opportunity for the children to be told of their mother’s sudden death, other than by media or social media.
    • Despite the judgment making clear the injunction lasted just a few hours until the children could be told and that the cause of death is a matter solely for the police / coroner, various social media parents groups continue to insist it’s obvious she died by the family court, whether due to shock at the ruling or taking something in the toilet in anticipation of the outcome; and that the injunction was to cover up the bias, corruption and discrimination of the family courts who order children to live with their fathers because of systemic male entitlement, not children’s best interests.
    • The Hull Mail also reported Judge’s ‘deep sadness’ over death of Hayley Gascoigne at Hull Crown Court.
  • Christopher Booker with Gaol if you don’t pay to fly your kids back into care: It’s an opinion piece on how the family court treat families who are found in contempt of court, based on the case of one woman. We’d love to comment but have yet to find a published judgment from which to do so. (It’s also behind a pay wall).

Media reports we found notably balanced, accurate or otherwise helpful to transparency this week

New Published Cases for Explanation or Comment

And in case you missed this blog…

And in other transparency news

  • Press RegulationInforrm reports News Media Associations application for permission for a judicial review of Impress’ recognition by the Press Recognition Panel (PRP); and that any decision on whether to enact Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act is set to be delayed until the outcome of the other application for judicial review of the Government consultation itself (on whether to enact Section 40 and hold part two of the Leveson Inquiry, into phone-hacking and the relationship between police and the press).
  • Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO): See An entirely predictable catastrophe by Chris Minnoch of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group at Legal Voice on LASPO and the government review.
  • SCIE consulting on supporting social work by use of information and technology.  The Health and Care Professions (HCPC) are also consulting on understanding stakeholder needs, closing on 6th February. Both are explained and the links provided by BASW here.
  • The Case for Online Courts: lecture & panel discussion at UCL.  Thursday 16 February 2017   17:30 – 19:00, Darwin Lecture Theatre (UCL, Darwin Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT). Tickets can be booked here.
  • Digital Delivery of Legal Services to People on Low Incomes report The Legal Education Foundation have published an update to a regular report identifying advances being made in the use of information technology to aid the provision of legal services for people on low incomes.

 And in case you missed these blogs…

Feature image courtesy of Flickr with thanks to Lauri Heikkinen

This post originally appeared on the Transparency Project blog and is reproduced with permission and thanks.


  1. truthaholics

    Reblogged this on | truthaholics and commented:
    “New Published Cases for Explanation or Comment

    The Court of Appeal on breach of statutory duty and damages awards in London Borough of Hackney v Williams & Anor. We are updating our blog post ‘When Child Protection goes wrong: what compensation can you get’ to feature this case and will also be updating our s.20 guidance here.”

  2. daveyone1

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

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