Messianic Victorian Sect Had Charitable Purposes, High Court Rules

Messianic Victorian Sect Had Charitable Purposes, High Court Rules Some people might think that the law of trusts is as dry as dust – however, that is by no means always so. In one case that proved the point, the High Court was called upon to rule on the correct destination of almost £1 million yielded from the sale of a church where followers of a messianic Victorian sect once worshipped. The sect was highly controversial in the 19th Century, its detractors claiming that it was built upon a personality cult and involved sexual practices that were a long way out of keeping with the day. The sect, which once had…

Family Judge Prioritises Welfare of Mentally Ill Mother’s Baby Boy

Family Judge Prioritises Welfare of Mentally Ill Mother’s Baby Boy Some people are, through no fault of their own, incapable of good parenting – but the law is clear that top priority must be given to the welfare of their children. In one case, a family judge expressed sympathy for a mentally ill mother but directed her baby boy’s placement for adoption. The mother suffered from an unstable personality disorder and was prone to outbursts of extreme volatility and aggression. During one distressing incident, she had threatened to kill a social worker and to throw herself from a third-floor balcony. Her child was very young when placed in foster care.…