*This post deserves to be prominently displayed in every single family court across the realm.*
How LAMENTABLE that the primitive and deluded Luddite practice of trampling rights underfoot by some unscrupulous lawyers continues in this day and age in some dark corners – who deliberately misrepresent clients and substitute child(ren) and parents voices with their own thereby perpetuating the very misery they are meant to be alleviating!
“Yet, as can be seen from Art 12 (above), the child has a right ‘to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting the child, either directly, or through a representative or an appropriate body, in a manner consistent with the procedural rules of national law’. This is not a matter for the judge to decide according to whim. Surely it means that in every case a child’s maturity must be assessed – even if only quite briefly – and that child be asked if they want to express a view? That does not mean the view will necessarily be followed (Re D (Abduction: Rights of Custody)  UKHL 51,  1 FLR 961); but it must be a factor included amongst things considered by the court before a decision is made.”
A version of https://dbfamilylaw.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/how-real-are-a-childs-rights-to-be-heard/ with references
A child’s rights to express a view
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 Art 12 states that signatories must give children who are capable of forming their own views ‘the right to express those views’. A child must be given an opportunity to do this in ‘all matters affecting the child’ either through ‘a representative or an appropriate body’. Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000/C 364/01) Art 24.1 says much the same thing.
This article asks how these rights are recognised in English law. The short answer is hardly at all; or not in any real way if the child does not find out about that child’s rights. If the child does find out or – in court proceedings – someone tells the child, it is very much a matter for the individual judge whether the child manages to…
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