A Local Authority v B, F and G [2014] EWCOP B21 HHJ Cardinal

Practice and Procedure – Other

Short Note

This is the second reported judgment in these proceedings. The first involved the imposition of a Hadkinson Order on B’s father. The judge made final determinations in the case. The case is of note because the judge was asked in the context of injunctions imposing stringent restrictions on contact between B and her father and grandmother to impose a 5 year period where there could be no application to the court (for example seeking direct contact and varying the injunction on contact) save with the leave of a Judge of the Court of Protection. This was intended to provide a ‘5 year carapace of peace for B’.

The father and grandmother did not attend the hearing (the father would have been likely to be arrested if he attended and the grandmother was the subject of a future contempt application – see the Short Note.