The latest article in The Telegraph about the family courts is not by but about Christopher Booker! It illustrates how commitment and perseverance to one’s issue may actually get you somewhere, some time… Open up family court hearings, says senior judge – A senior judge has made an important ruling in favour of transparency in the family courts: to allow Christopher Booker to be as rude as he likes to be, because of freedom of speech, and to provide access to court papers, i.e. to remove a gag or injunction. Mr Booker said and wrote “the decision to lift the injunction was a victory for common sense and the rule of law.”
Mr Justice Mostyn is the current President of the Family Courts and he has set a crucial precedence with a ruling about the right to breastfeeding that refers to a milestone case before the European Court in Strasbourg: taking a baby at birth is a “Draconian and extremely harsh measure”.
But the battle to lift the veils of secrecy that shroud the “secret courts” we already have is very far from over, and behind those veils far too many cruel abuses of justice will continue to flourish unreported.
Lord Justice Munby has now called for “greater transparency, and radical and comprehensive reform of the family court system.” More