*Re B (A Child) (removal from jurisdiction: removal of family's passports as coercive measure)

Ward of court – Removal of ward from jurisdiction. A mother had fled the jurisdiction with her child who had been made a ward of court. In the course of proceedings seeking their location, the judge had retained the passport of the mother's 16 year-old-son in order to induce him to persuade the mother to return. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held that such a coercive order was outside the ambit of the court's powers.

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