(Re A (CHILDREN) (2010) CA (Civ Div) (Thorpe LJ, Smith LJ, Patten LJ) 23/9/2010) had to set aside some findings of fact made against a father in a Children Act case because the Recorder had an ongoing professional relationship representing the Guardian of the Child (in a different case) who had supported the mother's version of events. Difficult to understand why the Recorder did not recuse hereself - especially as she did withdraw at a later stage in the case. The Court of Appeal gives the following good advice to judges:
(2) (Per curiam) A judge would be wise to err on the side of caution and reveal at the outset anything that might lead to recusal. (3) (Per curiam) On an application for recusal it was incumbent on ajudge to explain in sufficient detail the professional or other relationship that was challenged.