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Re B (A Child) (Unnecessary Private Law Applications) [2020] EWFC B44

Following a decision that the disclosure of a mother's medical records had been unnecessarily and disproportionately invasive of her right to respect for her private life, HHJ Wildblood QC wished to highlight the extent to which court lists were being filled by interim private law hearings that should not have required court involvement. He gave the example of being asked to decide at which motorway junction the handover of a child for contact should take place. Such micromanagement should only come before a court where it was genuinely necessary, and he warned that where unnecessary cases were brought, criticism and sanctions could follow. He urged parties and their lawyers to explore other ways to settle their disagreements, such as mediation.

Judgment, published: 28/09/2020


Published: 28/09/2020


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