Re G (child) 2015 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2015/834.html was an appeal from a finding of fact hearing in private law proceedings conducted (perhaps that ought to be in inverted commas) by Her Honour Judge Pearl.
The appeal was on the basis of judicial bias/ unfairness, which as I’ve set out before has a relatively low bar in law (that a reasonable observer would have concluded that the Judge was biased) but in practice is hard to pursuade an Appeal Court of, since most people who leave Court without the order they wanted tend to think that a Judge was biased.
Here the case was made out, in spades. [Though not necessarily in terms of the Judge being in favour of one party and against the other, but rather that her treatment of mother’s case was sufficiently unfair to prejudice a fair hearing]
Things began badly when Ms Toch, the mother’s counsel, arrived late at…
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