The Truth Behind Dr Hibbert’s Application To Intervene In Mother’s Case

Researching Reform

Mr Hibbert, a former family court psychiatrist has, fresh from a Fitness to Practice Hearing over allegations of misconduct, filed an application with the court to intervene in the case of a mother who blew the whistle on what she felt were concerning practices at Tadpole Cottage, where Hibbert worked.

Interveners can ask to be joined to a case if they feel that their interests will be affected by the proceedings in question, however they cannot have a material interest in the case. Interveners’ interests can be public or private. Public interests naturally involve the public at large who might be affected by the outcome of a case. Private interests as you might imagine, focus on individual interests arising from a case. In family law, for example, interveners are quite common place in ancillary relief disputes, where financial interests may involve Trustees, or even parents of the separating couple. Intervention is quite common…

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