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Challenging a bar report

Families Need Fathers Scotland is already aware of the difficulties faced by people who seek to challenge inaccuracies in bar reports at child welfare hearings.

A recent Court of Session judgement illustrates the dangers of challenging bar reports the wrong way.

As reported in Scottish Legal News a Scots lawyer has been awarded £15,000 in damages after he "suffered injury to his feelings, standing and professional reputation" as a result of the distribution of false and defamatory material about him alleging that he lied to a court in the course of carrying out his duty as a reporter in a child welfare case. 

The grandfather of the child in this case objected to a bar report written by that solicitor.

This prompted him to distribute "vitriolic" leaflets in shops, houses and pubs in the local community and surrounding towns and villages stating that the solicitor "knowingly supplied false and malicious information to a sheriff's court report that was put into the public domain".

FNF Scotland is preparing a guide to bar reports and is keen to hear from people who have good or bad experiences of bar reporting.

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