Lady Hale calls for recognition of children as ‘human beings’ in family cases

Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court, Lady Hale, has said judges should not be reluctant to allow children to give evidence in family law cases, The Irish Times reports.

Lady Hale told an international congress on children’s rights in Dublin on Monday that children are people with their own personalities who can give evidence.

In the criminal courts in the UK, children routinely give evidence, prompting the judge to ask why they cannot do the same in the family courts.

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