Dr Charlotte Proudman is successful on appeal in a domestic abuse case where there were no special measures


D v R [2023] EWHC 406 (Fam)

Dr Charlotte Proudman represented a complainant of domestic abuse at a successful appeal in which she set aside a fact-finding judgment where her allegations of rape, domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour were not proved. The appeal was allowed because the trial Judge failed in complying with their mandatory duty under s.63 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, PD3AA and Part 3A of the FPR 2010 in ensuring that a party who is vulnerable has participatory directions when required (such as a screen). The Judge set out the steps the court is required to take in a case where a party or witness is a victim or is at risk of being a victim of domestic abuse (see §23).

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