Policies - Accountability - judge in contempt
SARAH HARMAN, the solicitor representing the
women in the Ayling case, has stepped down as a recorder,
a post she has held for ten years, after a High Court judge
ruled that she was in contempt of court.
Yesterday she confirmed that she had tendered her resignation
to the Lord Chancellor because she had passed sensitive family
court papers to her sister, the Solicitor-General Harriet
Harman. She said: “I felt it was inappropriate for me
The papers related to a case in which a mother was found to
have deliberately harmed her child. They were passed on to
Margaret Hodge, the Children’s Minister. The resignation
will be seen as a loss among women lawyers, with the Lord
Chancellor striving to increase their numbers in all ranks
of the judiciary.
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