Family Courts

“penguin mentality”  = whenever there is any criticism—i.e. social workers—they stand like penguins, back to back, on a different continent to everyone else, Antarctica, and they just refute all criticism. Any real problem in the system is then very difficult to deal with.

“secrecy rules” = protecting not the public but the judicial process from scrutiny  (protecting the process by which a conclusion has been reached)

gag order” = a massive force by the justice system to truss an individual up so much that he could not really challenge the system and process; protects those who make money out of the system and engage in the secrecy rules.

Example of wrongful doing by Family Courts (also applies to the appeal courts such as High Court and the Court of Appeal):

Parliamentary Debate:  17 Mar. 2011, Westminster Hall   

One of the problems with how things have developed, and with all the secrecy rules, is that they seem to act to protect not vulnerable people but those who make money out of the system.

That is dangerous, because we then have what Councillor Len Clark in Birmingham talked about as the “penguin mentality”. Basically, whenever there is any criticism—he was citing social workers—they stand like penguins, back to back, on a different continent to everyone else, Antarctica, and they just refute all criticism. Any real problem in the system is then very difficult to deal with.

We will look at the issue of Dr Waney Squier later. Her problem is that the area on which she can argue her case is trapped by the secrecy of the family courts.

That is protecting not children but the judicial process from scrutiny. It is about identifying not the children or the parents involved in the case but the rational process by which a conclusion has been reached.  (John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley) (LD), 17 Mar. 2011 Westminster Hall, Column 143WH)  

Dr Waney Squier is another example of someone who, to clear her name, needs access to secret material that does not affect any children or parents. However, she cannot get access to that. (John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley) (LD), 17 Mar. 2011 Westminster Hall, Column 148WH)

 

 

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