Saturday, 22 July 2017

Confidential Hearings

I have always believed that legal proceedings concerning children should be held in camera

I don’t think it is right for the press to be able to stir up public feelings to try to influence the way in which a court decides about a child. To have the likes of Katie Hopkins and Christopher Booker pontificating on children’s cases before the courts churns my stomach.

My instincts are very much confirmed by what I read in the Guardian about the case of Charlie Gard. Apparently, staff at Great Ormond Street hospital are now receiving death threats.

That is no way to conduct very serious legal proceedings about the life of a child. All hearings about children should be held behind closed doors for a very obvious purpose; to protect the best interests of the child.