*Re D (A Child) (No 2)

Legal aid – Advice and assistance. The underlying issue in the proceedings concerned whether a child should live with his parents or with other members of his wider family, or whether he should, as the local authority argued, be adopted outside the family. The Family Court had previously made orders as to legal aid and the funding of an expert assessment of whether each parent required the assistance of an intermediary. In the present judgment, it held, inter alia, that the cost of funding an intermediary in court properly fell on Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, but where the services of an intermediary were required otherwise than during a court hearing, the cost fell on the Legal Aid Agency.

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