Reasons for backdating jsa
In a robust judgement sure to cause consternation, the Court of Appeal has condemned the Child Support Agency (CSA) for “obnoxious” and “unreasonable” legal failings in threatening fathers with jail without giving them the right to defend themselves.
Sitting with the Lords Justice Patten and Richards, Lord Justice Ward said: “The procedures adopted do not comply with the rights to a fair trial and were flawed.” This was a test case, brought by a group of solicitors and barristers to establish whether the standard working practices of the CSA breached the rights of fathers under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
We will of course consider any other implications of this judgement carefully and take the appropriate action.” The department is now thought to be considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.
This result is bound to please fathers’ rights groups as well as many readers of this blog.
My ex owes me thousands of hours of contact time, yet there isn’t even a whiff of interest or concern from the ‘authorities’.The casual reversal of that most fundamental of legal principles , the burden of proof, suggests that the CSA has occasionally behaved more like the secret police in a dictatorship than the arm of a parliamentary democracy.