I was delighted when the coroner suggested that parents Tom Evans and Kate James ought to be allowed to join in, as interested parties, with my legal challenge against his decision that Alfie’s death didn’t need investigating. The Christian Legal Centre tried to prevent me from serving the court papers on Tom and Kate, so I went back to court last Wednesday to apply for the court’s help in getting to Tom and Kate the good news of my legal challenge, enabling me to recover from the Christian Legal Centre’s treachery in keeping from their clients the news of my involvement, from May onwards.
Behind closed doors today, Mr Justice Butcher ruled, without the 30 minute public hearing for which I had applied, that Tom and Kate are not entitled to know about my legal challenge, and don’t necessarily even have any interest in whether the coroner’s decision was right or wrong. The judge did put the ball back in the Christian Legal Centre’s court though, by ordering me to ask them to send Tom and Kate copies of his order today.
Tom and Kate will be entitled to apply to have Butcher J’s order set aside. I hope they will. It is bad enough that I had to apply for judicial review before I’d managed to make contact with Tom and Kate and get their approval. Now the court wants to exclude them from the entire process. I strongly suspect an intention to get my case chucked out before Tom and Kate have time to pipe up that they want to join in with it.
This is the order that I had applied for: Draft order sought
This is the order that judge Butcher actually made. Judge for yourself whether this is justice.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate Tom and Kate on the birth of their second son. I had applied for my judicial review claim to be stayed for eight weeks, to give them a breathing space, because I’d heard that they had number two on the way. I am annoyed that Butcher J has put this quite unnecessary pressure on them to deal promptly with a case I suspect he wants to seek chucked out before Tom and Kate even have time to get legal advice about it. The establishment does not want an investigation. Nor does it want Tom and Kate back in court again, this time asking for an investigation.