Parents had weekold baby taken away by social services after father heard

center_img The judge said: “The failure of the local authority to notify the Claimants that the hearing was taking place on the afternoon of 13 November was particularly egregious; misleading the district judge no fewer than three times that the parents knew of the hearing aggravates the culpability yet further.”The judge said that the baby boy was returned to his mother and father after three months and “has continued to thrive in his parents’ care”.He added: “There is no doubt in my mind, indeed it is admitted, that Kirklees Council breached the human rights of a baby boy and his parents.”I am satisfied that the breaches were serious…the separation of a baby from his parents represents a very serious interference with family life.” The judge criticised “unwarranted expenditure” of the law firms involved in the case, after cost schedules supplied to the court showed that the family had racked up legal aid bills of nearly £80,000, while Kirklees Council had costs of around £40,000.The judge awarded the mother, father and baby £3,750 each, but said that as they did “not conscientiously attempt to settle” the claim, they were “unlikely to receive these sums” because the funds were likely to be recouped by the Legal Aid Agency.A Kirklees Council spokesman pointed to a section of the judgment in which the judge noted that the council was “entitled on the information available to them” to bring the proceedings.A spokesman said: “Mistakes were made which resulted in the court awarding the family compensation.  “The local authority has been ordered to pay a contribution of the publicly funded costs of the claimants, which cover specific periods of the case.  This is due to the way the claimants’ litigation was conducted.”last_img

center_img The judge said: “The failure of the local authority to notify the Claimants that the hearing was taking place on the afternoon of 13 November was particularly egregious; misleading the district judge no fewer than three times that the parents knew of the hearing aggravates the culpability yet further.”The judge said that the baby boy was returned to his mother and father after three months and “has continued to thrive in his parents’ care”.He added: “There is no doubt in my mind, indeed it is admitted, that Kirklees Council breached the human rights of a baby boy and his parents.”I am satisfied that the breaches were serious…the separation of a baby from his parents represents a very serious interference with family life.” The judge criticised “unwarranted expenditure” of the law firms involved in the case, after cost schedules supplied to the court showed that the family had racked up legal aid bills of nearly £80,000, while Kirklees Council had costs of around £40,000.The judge awarded the mother, father and baby £3,750 each, but said that as they did “not conscientiously attempt to settle” the claim, they were “unlikely to receive these sums” because the funds were likely to be recouped by the Legal Aid Agency.A Kirklees Council spokesman pointed to a section of the judgment in which the judge noted that the council was “entitled on the information available to them” to bring the proceedings.A spokesman said: “Mistakes were made which resulted in the court awarding the family compensation.  “The local authority has been ordered to pay a contribution of the publicly funded costs of the claimants, which cover specific periods of the case.  This is due to the way the claimants’ litigation was conducted.”last_img

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