It is the surest of all guards against improbity. It keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. This is a post I published on my most popular website Victims Unite. This is the full quotation by legal and social reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832):
“Publicity is the very soul of justice. It is the keenest spur to exertion, and the surest of all guards against improbity. It keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial.
In the darkness of secrecy, sinister interest and evil in every shape, have full swing. Only in proportion as publicity has place can any of the checks, applicable to judicial injustice, operate. Where there is no publicity there is no justice.”
Since I got involved with Ella’s case, I have written or finalised documents pertaining to:
1. Family Court Proceedings:
- first in Barnet Court with District Judge Vera Mayer
- then in the High Court with Mrs Justice Anna Pauffley OBE.
2. Judicial Review against Metropolitan Police, filed on 22.12.14, yielding in
- this denial aka ‘Grounds of Resistance‘
- court proceedings against the author of the Witness Statement relating to the Police interviews on video.
3. Application for a Non-Molestation Order
- before a judge in the Family Court in High Holborn who decided that it’s all up to Mrs Justice Pauffley.
After Ella and I left the country on 11.02.15, Belinda McKenzie who had been in court with Ella in Barnet as well as the High Court, went before two judges asking for
- an Order to Barnet Council to Return the Children.
But once again, this went back to Mrs Justice Pauffley.
After Pauffley refused to allow Belinda to be present in court, we pleaded with Ella to instruct the lawyer who had come forward to protect me, to defend her.
She finally agreed, but unfortunately, once he took up Ella’s case, Mrs Justice Pauffley decided, very conveniently for her overall direction in this case, there was a ‘conflict of interests’ in him defending both Ella and myself, and so he promptly dropped me as a client.
But he did file an appeal for Ella, and I expect him to follow this appeal with Private Prosecutions where a criminal investigation has been lacking due to a police refusal to start one.
However, no matter who is at the steering wheel, the issues remain the same:
1. The priority must be the return of the two children to their non-abusive mother or grandparents
2. Police investigations into
- the other 18 children
- the 70+ abusers
- the cover-ups.
But, given the general hesitation and failure regarding the National Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – initially only historic – this is clearly exceedingly unlikely.