Representing children: Seeking independence

Richard Jones and Laura Coyle examine the approach of the courts to the sufficiency of a child’s understanding where the child seeks to act without a guardian ‘It will ultimately be for the court to decide whether the child has sufficient understanding to conduct the proceedings.’ If you represent children in Children Act 1989 (ChA …
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Cases Referenced

  • CS v SBH & ors [2019] EWHC 634 (Fam)
  • Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech AHA [1985] UKHL 7
  • LC (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1058
  • Re CT (A Minor) (Wardship: Representation) [1993] 2 FLR 278
  • Re M (Children) (Republic of Ireland) (Child’s Objections) (Joinder of Children as Parties to Appeal) [2015] EWCA Civ 26