*Re A (a child) (ward of court: approach by Security Service)

Ward of court – Contempt of court in wardship proceedings. The Family Division, in a case where a Security Service officer had approached a ward of court, held that there was not and never had been any principle or rule that judicial consent was required before the police could interview a ward of court. Provided that the requirements of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 with regard to juveniles were complied with, the duty upon the police was discharged and they had no extra duty to perform.

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