A Lost Nation: Transparency in the Family Courts
Once a child is proven to be ‘Gillick’ competent the child must be allowed to attend Court to give their views to a Judge. Guardians ad litem should not in any circumstance give evidence on behalf of a child that will decide the fate of the child.
The Government opened family courts up to greater media scrutiny, in response to criticism that the current set up is overly secretive in April 2009. This was approved by Parliament. Journalists are able to attend family court hearings in county courts and the High Court from 27 April 2009.
This bulletin presents National Statistics on activity in the county, family, magistrates’ and Crown courts of England and Wales. View all posts on the subject →