The latest child welfare items that should be right on your radar:
- President of the family courts issues guidance on expert witnesses
- Forms to apply for a non-molestation or occupation order updated (now includes helpful information on how to fill out the form)
- Government considers axing fund for children’s TV
Ian Josephs said:
The President says :-
“The recent statistics show that an application for the
instruction of an expert is almost invariably granted”
Yes it is true that applications by the local authority for an expert opinion are almost invariably granted but alas applications by parents for a second independent opionion are almost invariably refused ………..
Too often the expert witness is anything like impartial in their opinion, nor are they honest in their delivery of that opinion.
As is stated above by Mr Josephs, it is indeed rare for an expert witness statement to be allowed to be challenged. This appears to be true, especially when the opinion given is in favour of the social services agenda.
For each opinion offered there is a high possibility that there are other opinions which contradict the experts opinion. In allowing no challenge we have the judiciary siding with the social services and a blatant corruption of justice occurs.
This is especially true when psychiatric opinion is offered, this is opinion which is based on criterion that is not supported by factual medical diagnosis, and often suspect of being given with aspects of misogyny included, when being applied to the mother.