‘No case to answer’ for Sarah Taylor

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Sarah Taylor, one of chambers’ pupils, represented a parent prosecuted for failing to ensure her child attended school. The parent was acquitted after Sarah made a successful submission of ‘no case to answer’ on the basis of the child’s mental health condition.  During the trial at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, Sarah cross-examined the officer from the London Borough of Haringey, making clear that proper weight had not been accorded to mental health needs, as opposed to physical health needs, when considering ability to attend school and necessary support measures.


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