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ALC submissions on Covert Recordings in Family Court Proceedings and Judgement in Re B (A Child)


The President of the Family Division, Munby LJ, has given judgment in Re B (A Child) [2017] EWCA 1579, a case concerning covert recordings. It was an appeal from HHJ Bellamy who had attempted to provide guidance on this issue and who had invited submissions from Cafcass, Nagalro, The Transparency Project and us. While the President ruled that HHJ Bellamy, as a Circuit Judge, should not have sought to provide this guidance and so his judgment should not be published, he has permitted publication of our and the other organisations' submissions and has invited the Family Justice Council to have regard to them and to produce their own guidance on covert recordings. 

Read our submissions here.

Read Re B (A Child) [2017] EWCA 1579 here.