Charlotte represented the appellant who appealed the trial Judge’s order of nullity on the basis of the polygamy. The trial Judge found that the Appellant was already married to a woman in Bangladesh at the time that he entered into a marriage with the Respondent. The case involved the following issues: validity of marriages overseas, the necessity of documentary evidence proving the existence of a marriage and the relevance of expert evidence. In this case, no evidence has been produced to confirm that there was a marriage in Bangladesh and no expert evidence was before the court confirming the validity of an (un)registered marriage in Bangladesh. Mr Justice Baker granted leave to appeal on all ten grounds. At a substantive appeal hearing, the learned Judge found that while there was some merit in the appeal, on balance the appeal could not succeed. Permission to appeal has been sought from the Court of Appeal.
Related barristers: Dr Charlotte Proudman