Paralegal dating defendant
At the final hearing, the parents agreed a consent order whereby L lived with the mother and spent demarcated time with the father.
The criminal trial subsequently took place and the father was found guilty. The mother stopped contact and the father made an application to enforce the final order.
The mother also applied for the discharge of the medical expert on the grounds that she had been misled by the terms of the letter of instruction and raised new allegations against the father, both pre and post-dating the final order.
After a contested hearing, the circuit judge dismissed the mother's application for the reopening of the findings.
The hearing took place before me on 15th September 2017.
At that stage, it was anticipated that the criminal trial in respect of the charge of criminal damage would take place before the fact-finding hearing.The judge further declined to discharge the medical expert but, instead, directed that an amended letter of instruction should be sent.The mother filed a notice of appeal against the circuit judge's decisions on the basis that the judge was plainly wrong to continue to rely on the findings made by the magistrates and in refusing to reopen those findings, and by continuing the instruction of the medical expert.In December 2014, the mother stopped contact between L and the father who then filed an application for a child arrangements order in March 2015, initially seeking contact but subsequently expanding his application to include the issue of residence.The mother raised the allegations of domestic violence and at an early stage in the proceedings sought findings against the father.