Paralegal dating defendant

28-Mar-2019 10:14

On 22 June 2015, a case management hearing took place before the justices sitting in the family court at which a fact finding hearing was directed.

At that stage, it was anticipated that the criminal trial in respect of the charge of criminal damage would take place before the fact-finding hearing.

At the end of the hearing, I gave permission to appeal, allowed the appeal and made consequential case management directions.

In December 2014, the mother stopped contact between L and the father who then filed an application for a child arrangements order in March 2015, initially seeking contact but subsequently expanding his application to include the issue of residence.

The mother raised the allegations of domestic violence and at an early stage in the proceedings sought findings against the father.

Following conviction, the magistrates made a compensation order in respect of the damage. The child was joined to the proceedings and an application was made by the parties for the instruction of an expert to carry out a psychological assessment.

The mother then filed an application for the setting aside of the findings made by the justices in the fact-finding hearing in the light of the father's subsequent conviction for the offence of criminal damage and the imposition of a restraining order.

At the end of the hearing, I gave permission to appeal, allowed the appeal and made consequential case management directions.

In December 2014, the mother stopped contact between L and the father who then filed an application for a child arrangements order in March 2015, initially seeking contact but subsequently expanding his application to include the issue of residence.

The mother raised the allegations of domestic violence and at an early stage in the proceedings sought findings against the father.

Following conviction, the magistrates made a compensation order in respect of the damage. The child was joined to the proceedings and an application was made by the parties for the instruction of an expert to carry out a psychological assessment.

The mother then filed an application for the setting aside of the findings made by the justices in the fact-finding hearing in the light of the father's subsequent conviction for the offence of criminal damage and the imposition of a restraining order.

This judgment sets out the reasons for my decision.2.