Thursday, 6 August 2020

Re C (A Child)

[2020] EWCA Civ 987

With everyone spending much of their time making virtual calls on a variety of different systems, this family case provides a salient warning of the need to be extremely careful when shutting down the virtual link in question. The CA noted that: 

“The court accordingly rose to allow arrangements to be made. An associate took the judge’s closed laptop through to her room but, unbeknownst to the judge, the remote link to the court room remained open. The judge was therefore overheard having a private conversation on the telephone with her clerk about the Appellant by a number of people who still remained on the call. 

During the course of that conversation, the judge’s frustration at what represented a further delay in a case which was already substantially overrunning its three week time estimate, manifested itself in a number of pejorative comments made by her about the Appellant including that she was pretending to have a cough and was trying ‘every trick in the book’ in order to avoid answering difficult questions.” 

Remember that sometimes, your virtual app might still be open on your phone, even if your laptop is shut down. 

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