Faking medical evidence


This is a County Court case (if there is such a thing any more, I have largely decided to ignore most of the Children and Families Act 2014 and just wait for the reboot restoring all the terminology to the way it was). So it isn’t precedent, and isn’t one of those case that you HAVE to read.

It is unusual though, and I am grateful to one of my readers (waves at Cara) for drawing it to my attention.

Re E (a child) 2014


This is a private law case, albeit one with a Social Services flavour. In effect, when mum and dad separated and got themselves embroiled in an argument about contact (see, I told you that I was just going to ignore the new terminology) dad started to become enamoured with the idea that if he could show the Court that mum was abusing the children…

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Judicial bias


The Appeal in Q (Children) 2014

Grumblings that the Judge was biased are fairly commonplace, complaints that the Judge was biased get made from time to time – appeals on the point are pretty rare and successful appeals rarer still.  Q is one of the latter, and as such a rare breed is worthy of some consideration.


  • The case concerns two boys, W, born 12th January 2003 and therefore now aged 11 years, and R, born 9th August 2012 and therefore now aged 21 months. Proceedings with respect to the children commenced nearly two years ago and comprised, for the first three months, a private law dispute between the two parents. However, the local authority then issued care proceedings and it was in those proceedings that HHJ Tyzack undertook an extended fact finding process involving some 13 days of evidence between July and November 2013 and culminating…

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Undercover Color – The First Fashion Company Working To Prevent Sexual Assault

Great idea. I like xx

Researching Reform

What happens when fashion and female safety combine? It might sound like a funny headline, but if this nail polish company can pull this product off (no icky nail pun intended – ok, maybe a little), then this new invention may just revolutionise 21st century socialising.

Undercover Color was started by four undergraduate students at North Carolina State university. The men are working on creating a new nail polish that will be able to detect the presence of date rape drugs like Rohypnol and GHB in your drink.

The idea is simple: slick on the nail polish before you go out and once you’re at a party or function and you’ve got a glass in hand, just stir your drink with your finger. If your nail polish changes colour, your drink’s been spiked.

Whilst the idea is still in the R&D phase, their fundraising efforts have been rather successful. They’ve just managed…

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Cheshire West fallout

Another great post xx


There’s an excellent piece of investigative work by Community Care about the escalation in the number of Deprivation of Liberty cases since the Supreme Court made a substantial change to the law in Cheshire West.

If you have a chance to read the full thing, I heartily recommend it.  (the remainder of this article is my extraction and citation of what I considered to be the main issues)


Half of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Dols) cases are breaching legal timescales for completion after a landmark Supreme Court ruling in March triggered a nine-fold rise in monthly referrals to councils, a Community Care investigation has found


In 2013-14 councils received 8,455 requests for Dols assessments; since April this year they’ve already had 32,988 referrals. The figures mean average monthly referrals have risen from 713 in 2013-14 to 6,643 in 2014-15. The effect of the dramatic rise in cases is…

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Fraud unravels everything – Rapisarda v Colladon part 2

Good one xx


I’ve been eagerly awaiting this judgment. This is part 2 of the case involving the Queen’s Proctor and an alleged systematic fraudulent obtaining of 180 divorces (some decree nisis, some decree absolutes)


I wrote about part one here http://suesspiciousminds.com/2014/05/09/the-pages-of-the-most-extravagant-french-novel/

That judgment was all about whether the Press could report what had been going on, because there are historic statutes aimed at preserving the decency of Victorian breakfast tables stopping the Press reporting the details of divorce cases (they can report the financial settlements, but not the divorce itself).

The President did one of his very clever conjuring tricks to resolve that and allow the case to be reported.

Part 2 is about whether there had been this systematic fraud. According to the case, the allegation is that many divorce petitions were lodged, all using the same address in Maidenhead for the petitioner, as a means of allowing the divorce…

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