R(Children) (Control of Court Documents)



[2021]EWCA CIV 162

At the conclusion of the fact-finding hearing the Judge refused to provide DR with a full copy of the Judgment due to fears of dissemination within the prison environment i.e. being shared with others.

·      DR pleaded guilty (criminal court) to sexually abusing his daughter (3yo) and sentenced to a minimum of 16 years, during these proceedings.

·      DR’s sister, A, suffered from significant speech difficulties prohibiting her ability to effectively communicate. She made allegations of serious sexual abuse against DR.

·      There were similar allegations made by A against professionals – which were clearly false.

·      Case progressed to Court of Appeal on the issue of disclosure and whether Court could withhold a copy of Judgment from an intervener.

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