Damages awarded for historical sexual abuse

A v C and B v C [2018] CSOH 65 http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/cos-general-docs/pdf-docs-for-opinions/2018csoh65.pdf?sfvrsn=0 (15 June 2018, OUTER HOUSE, COURT OF SESSION) Background: The defender in this personal injury action was convicted of indecent behaviour and sexual assault against A and B.  Both pursuers were subject to a very serious course of abuse by the defender.  A seeks damages […]

Ruling on the sheriff’s failure to make an order for breach of contact order and contempt of court.

TJ v SB [2018] SAC (Civ) 15 http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/cos-general-docs/pdf-docs-for-opinions/2018-sac-(civ)-15.pdf?sfvrsn=0 (Sheriff Appeal Court, 30 May 2018) Background: The respondent had been found in contempt of court for refusing to facilitate contact between the appellant and their child ‘T’, in proceedings that had combined the question of contact and the question of contempt.  The appellant in this appeal to […]

Ruling on siblings’ participation in children’s hearings

ABC v PRINCIPAL REPORTER AND OTHERS [2018] CSOH 81 https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/cos-general-docs/pdf-docs-for-opinions/2018csoh81.pdf?sfvrsn=0 (Outer House of the Court of Session, 31 July 2018) In one of the most significant cases in relation to care-experienced children for some time, the Court of Session found that a 14-year-old boy should now be able to apply to participate fully in his brother’s […]

Appeals against a sheriff’s decision on appeal from a children’s hearing decision should be an exceptional event

NR v ROMA BRUCE-DAVIES, Scottish Children’s Reporter’s Administration [2018] SAC (Civ) 13 http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/cos-general-docs/pdf-docs-for-opinions/2018-sac-%28civ%29-13.pdf?sfvrsn=0 (SHERIFF APPEAL COURT, 11 May 2018) Background: The Sheriff Appeal Court heard an appeal regarding the termination of the biological mother’s contact with her children LC and CD, aged four and five.  On 14 June 2017 a children’s hearing made certain orders under […]