Justice for Families Ltd v Secretary of State for Justice  EWCA Civ 1477 (14 November 2014)
Continuously updaing: Sunday 17th September 2017
Case no: c1/2013/3346
Neutral Citation Number:  EWCA Civ 1477
In The Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
On Appeal from The Queen’s Bench Division
Mr Justice Collins
14 November 2014
Sir James Munby President of the Family Division
Lady Justice Sharp
Lord Justice Vos
Justice for Families Limited – Appellant
Secretary of State for Justice – Respondent
Mr John Hemming MP (a director of the company) for the Appellant
The Respondent was neither present nor represented
Hearing date : 14 October 2014
Care Proceedings are initiated under the doctrine of Civil Law.
The United Kingdom has three separate legal systems; one each for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This reflects its historical origins and the fact that both Scotland and Ireland, and later Northern Ireland, retained their own legal systems and traditions under the Acts of Union 1707 and 1800.
Stare decisis is a legal principle by which judges are obliged to respect the precedents established by prior decisions.
“Public law is not at base about rights, even though abuses of power may and often do invade private rights; it is about wrongs – that is to say, misuses of public power.”
Secretary of State for Justice
The Secretary of State for Justice has oversight of all Ministry of Justice (MoJ) business. His specific responsibilities include:
- MoJ transformation
- resourcing of the department
- functions of the Lord Chancellor
- EU exit and international business
- judicial policy including pay, pensions and diversity
- corporate services
He receives a salary as Lord Chancellor and is unpaid as Secretary of State for Justice.