Re P.B. (A Minor)

JurisdictionNorthern Ireland
Judgment Date01 January 1986
Date01 January 1986
CourtFamily Division (Northern Ireland)
(Fam. Div.)
In re P.B. (a minor)

- Wardship hearing - Interview of five year old child - Whether evidence of interviewer and video tape of interview admissible.

A four year old child was made a ward of court by the Northern Health and Social Services Board, which requested that care and control of the child should be given to the Board and not to the respondent, the child's mother. The Board's contention was that the child have been sexually abused by an adult male or by adult males in the child's extended family, and that the child would be in physical and moral danger if permitted to reside with the respondent. The child had been interviewed by a doctor and the interview had been video recorded. The Board intended to rely at the hearing on the evidence of the doctor and on the video recording to prove what the child had said and done during the interview. The respondent objected to such evidence being given by the doctor and to the video recording being shown on the ground that it offended against the hearsay rule and therefore was not admissible. Held, in a preliminary ruling, that, although evidence by the doctor of what the child said during the interview offended...

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  • Eastern Health Board v M.K.; Re M., S. and W
    • Ireland
    • Supreme Court
    • January 29, 1999
    ...Health Board v. C.H.IR [1996] 1 I.R. 219; Re N. (Child Abuse: Evidence)FLR [1996] 2 F.L.R. 214 considered. Re: P.B. A Minor (F.D.)DNI [1986] N.I. 88 distinguished. Per Barron J.: That the hearsay evidence of statements made by S.K. to Mrs H. would have been admissible to be used as source m......
  • Southern Health Board v CH
    • Ireland
    • Supreme Court
    • March 11, 1996
    ...The Board submits that hearsay evidence is admissible and refers to a decision of the Northern Ireland High Court in In re P.B., a minor [1986] N.I. 88. It submits that the features of the wardship jurisdiction which justified the admission of hearsay - firstly, the fact that such proceedin......
  • Eastern Health Board v MK and MK
    • Ireland
    • Supreme Court
    • January 29, 1999
    ...IN RE 1996 2 FLR 214 CIVIL EVIDENCE ACT 1972 S3 (UK) M & R, IN RE 1996 2 FLR 195 CRIMINAL EVIDENCE ACT 1992 S27(1) V (P) (A MINOR), IN RE 1986 NI 88 KHAN V R 1990 2 RSC 531 SUGDEN V LORD SAINT LEONARDS 1876 1 PD 241 MYERS V DPP 1965 AC 1001 ARES V VENNER 1970 SER 608 S (F) (CHILD ABUSE EVI......
  • Eastern Health Board v M.K.; Re M., S. and W
    • Ireland
    • High Court
    • January 1, 1996
    ...Health Board v. C.H.IR [1996] 1 I.R. 219; Re N. (Child Abuse: Evidence)FLR [1996] 2 F.L.R. 214 considered. Re: P.B. A Minor (F.D.)DNI [1986] N.I. 88 distinguished. Per Barron J.: That the hearsay evidence of statements made by S.K. to Mrs H. would have been admissible to be used as source m......
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