The Rt Hon. Lord Justice Alan Ward: Children of God

The Rt Hon. Lord Justice Alan Ward: Children of God

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“These people are publicly paid servants assigned with the task of administering justice on behalf of the public. Please do not subscribe to their own publicity that they are some kind of gods.” - COLIN PETERSMay 06, 2011  00:29:44

 Justice Lord Alan Ward‘Children Of God’, in this case the justice sets a damning precedent.  I may add the dubbing of the justice as ‘Children of God’ is nothing to do with saving the lives of children, but is media spin, created by a judge and promoted by the media.

The Family International

The Family International (TFI), formed as the Children of God (COG) and later named Family of Love and the Family, is a cult, started in 1968 in Huntington Beach, California, United States. It began in the late 1960s, with many of its early converts drawn from the hippie movement. The Children of God was among the movements prompting the cult controversy of the 1970s and 1980s in the United States and Europe and triggered the first organized anticult group FREECOG.

Court case

Judgment of Lord Justice Ward

Children of God (novel)

Children of God (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note: After receiving a copy of the original 295-page Judgment, xFamily.org editors have determined that the Judgment text archived on xFamily.org and other sites was edited to remove the full legal names of certain individuals (including Jeremy SpencerPaul PeloquinMichael Gilligan and Dawn Gilligan) whom Lord Justice Ward identified by full name in the Judgment itself. It also appears that other minor changes were made resulting in some text and formatting that does not match the original. The xFamily.org editors did not make these changes and only became aware of them in early October 2007. As time permits and to the extent possible, xFamily.org editors intend to correct this and restore the text so that it matches the original.

“Mr. Ward ruled that The Family, including its top leadership, had engaged in abusive sexual practices involving minors, as well as severe corporal punishment and sequestration of children. However, in a last minute turnaround, he said The Family had abandoned these practices and that they were an acceptably safe environment for children.”

Page created on 14th October 2012 by Ngozi Godwell BSc. (Hons), Dip. Ind. Studies. Mother to IN THE MATTER OF MINOR G (a Child) in the Royal Court of Justice; Neutral Citation Number: [2010] EWCA Civ 156
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION), Tuesday, 19th January 2010 .

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Government not required to disclose full details of defence

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The remedy sought is not confined to ordinary compensation, but extends to damages for breach of the Convention and to declaratory relief, which in the context of this case, and if the Claimant succeeded, would represent an important marking of unlawful behaviour: a matter in which there is a legitimate public interest.

Originally posted on UK Human Rights Blog:

blind justiceCF v The Ministry of Defence and others [2014] EWHC 3171 (QB) – read judgment

Angus McCullough QC of 1 Crown Office Row acted as Special Advocate in this case. He has nothing to do with the writing of this post.

The High Court has ruled that in a case against the state which did not directly affect the liberty of the subject, there was no irreducible minimum of disclosure of the state’s case which the court would require. The consequences of such disclosure for national security prevailed.

Factual and legal background

The claimant, Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, had made a number of claims against various government departments, alleging complicity in unlawful and arbitrary detention and inhuman and degrading treatment and torture on the part of British authorities in Somaliland.  He also sought damages for trespass, breach of the Human Rights Act 1998, and misfeasance in public office. As Irwin J said,

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