A couple of interesting judgments here :
Holman J in Luckwell v Limata, a discrete judgment on the approach to the question of the court hearing financial remedy proceedings in public, and the exclusion of witnesses from such a hearing during the evidence of other witnesses. This is the one where the Wife’s father appears from press reports to be holding the whole case hostage as he has threatened to cut off the wife if she gives the husband a penny (in sketch form) (h/t Carol Mashembo).
Pauffley J in Re Y (A Child: Private Law: Fact Finding) (h/t Suesspicious Minds, who I think is probably beavering away now doing a proper post on this). It’s raining interesting Pauffley judgments at the moment, and this one is worth reading if you are interested in the press and social media response to recent judgments by female judges in private law cases, such as RS v SS, which I wrote about here and here. The judge’s findings in relation to the mother’s allegations are pretty stark; the scenario, whilst extreme and unusual in some respects, is not dissimilar to a number of cases I have dealt with – these sorts of patterns of insistent yet poorly evidenced allegations are sadly very common. It seems likely there is more that will unfold in this case and it does not seem sensible to speculate on what will happen next – much will depend one imagines on the Mother’s reaction to a judgment which is very strongly contrary to her position and critical of her.