Case Reports 2020 Volume 1

Reporters from the CCLRP attend cases in District Courts around the country selected on a random basis, and cases in the High Court involving children in secure care. Given the nature of some of the cases, which can go on for many months with multiple adjournments, not all case reports published below are complete, but rather reflect what happened in court on that day. We publish below the latest volume of such reports.


  1. 25 matters listed before District Court on one day during Covid-19 Pandemic
  2. Interim care orders granted and extended, after-care examined, in uncontested cases heard under Covid 19 restrictions
  3. District Court extends interim care order for a young girl of primary school age, full hearing delayed by Covid-19
  4. Pandemic restrictions on access a concern after girl admitted to psychiatric unit under Mental Health Act
  5. Covid-19 causes problems for therapy and access as interim care orders extended
  6. Interim care order when mother’s alcohol abuse relapses due to Covid 19
  7. Care order review of child in care in UK heard remotely in Dublin District Court
  8. District Court makes order to detain self-harming child under Section 25 of Mental Health Act
  9. Interim care order granted amid mental health concerns for mother
  10. Interim care order extended where mother has mental health issues, father deceased
  11. Interim care order extended where drug abuse and mental health concerns
  12. Judge orders production of assessment and therapy reports
  13. In camera rule lifted so that reports can be sent to child’s psychiatrist
  14. Care Order and guardianship granted for toddler whose mother mentally ill
  15. Interim care order where mother detained in psychiatric hospital
  16. Interim care order for teenager who refused to return home due to alleged abuse linked to culture at home
  17. Full care order for child who travelled to Ireland alone seeking asylum
  18. Interim Care Order granted for six children living without food or electricity
  19. Full care order for girl who had 13 admissions to voluntary care – judge “very, very cross” about case
  20. Care orders sought for three youngest children in large family on grounds sex abuse, neglect
  21. Consideration of separation of siblings in care so one can be reunified with father
  22. District Court judge meets child not attending school
  23. High Court gives CFA leave to challenge District Court decision on jurisdiction where baby’s parents moved from Northern Ireland
  24. Full care order for baby amid alcohol and domestic violence concerns
  25. Interim care order extended where children absconding to parents
  26. Interim care orders granted for three young children where one had unexplained injuries
  27. Judge dissatisfied at long delays in vital assessments for pre-school child
  28. Full care orders until 18 years made for five children due to serious sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect
  29. Six-month care orders granted due to potential threat of domestic violence
  30. Six-month supervision order granted where poor school attendance
  31. Teenage girl in care sent home to mother when care placement broke down
  32. Full care order made for pre-school child in care since four months old
  33. Judge criticises lack of fostering care review for eight years, as special care application considered
  34. Placement breaks down amid allegations of physical abuse by foster parent
  35. Interim care order for boys whose grandparents unable to continue care due to threats
  36. Interim care order granted where physical abuse by partner alleged by child
  37. Judge order release of CFA documents to Garda Siochana to aid prosecution
  38. Full care order until 18 for young children whose mother suffers homelessness and addiction
  39. Mother consents to care order for toddler
  40. Interim care order extended where parents suffering drug addiction and homelessness
  41. Four interim care orders in provincial town
  42. Interim care order extended as access reduced
  43. Consent to interim care order for one-week-old baby with drugs in system
  44. District Court extends care order until the age of 18 for child who witnessed domestic violence
  45. GAL concern that no application made in High Court Wardship list for vulnerable girl in care since 11
  46. District Court judge seeks social worker affidavit even when order consented to

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