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Meet Lol, France’s Court Support Dog!

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After hearing about a similar pilot in Seatle, USA, Prosecutor Frédéric Almendros decided to trial an official judicial support dog in his own court in in the rural department of Lot, South-West France. Thought to be the first of his kind, Lol, a five year old black...

Super Complaint from CWJ

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There are a number of forces at work when DA is reported to police, but what if the abusive partner is a police officer? In other words “police involved” domestic abuse. This article discusses the new Super Complaint from the Centre for Women’s...

UK-EU cross-border family law disputes

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has created a webpage bringing together guidance for people who are involved in UK-EU cross-border family law disputes explaining what you need to do from 1 January 2021. Read the guidance: UK-EU cross-border family law disputes Source:...

Young women and the criminal justice system

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Agenda (the alliance for women and girls at risk) and the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ) have published a literature review looking at the experiences of young women aged 17–25 years old in contact with the criminal justice system in England and Wales....

Court of Appeal on DA cases in family court

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The Court of Appeal will examine how the family court protects victims of domestic abuse as leading women’s rights organisations have warned outdated views of judges endanger survivors and their children. The court will hear four landmark cases where women are...

Stop “He-said-she-said” approach

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This article from Stop Abuse Campaign calls for courts, and those involved, to have a better understanding and recognition of domestic abuse and violence. Judges, lawyers, and evaluators often minimize or dismiss domestic violence (DV) by referring to the dispute as...

Appeals in child arrangement cases

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From FLOWS Forum comes a request for help regarding Court of Appeal hearing as to application of Practice Direction 12J. Rights of Women has been granted intervener status along with 3 other women’s organisations (Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis and Welsh Women’s Aid) in an...