The court sentenced a mother to 28 days imprisonment for breach of a Collection Order made within care proceedings. The court found that the mother could if she wished procure the immediate return of the children but had not done so despite being arrested.
The Court refused to make a declaration of non-recognition of the marriage of a young mother involved in care proceedings. The court held that the ‘marriage’ having taken place when the mother was 14 and was domiciled in this jurisdiction was void and therefore the appropriate and only allowable way to achieve relief was for her to issue a nullity petition.
The court allowed in part an appeal against findings made within care proceedings and remitted the matter for re-hearing.
Following the change in approach set out in Re: BS the CA allowed two appeals against refusals of permission to oppose Adoption applications under s.47(5). The CA remitted both matters back to the original judges to determine whether or not to grant leave to oppose. The President made clear and forceful remarks on the importance of court orders being complied with, referring to the ‘the slapdash, lackadaisical and on occasions almost contumelious attitude which still far too frequently characterises the response to orders made by family courts’. He emphasises that non-compliance with orders should be expected to have and will usually have a consequence.
The CA dismissed a wife’s appeal against the granting of a stay of divorce proceedings in this jurisdiction on the basis of prior proceedings being in existence in India and that India was the more appropriate forum for the proceedings.