Gillick competence

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Paul Randle-Jolliffe

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I am requesting who of the following has capacity to decide Gillick competency of a child in Family Law Proceedings to instruct their own solicitor rather than a Court Appointed Guardian appointed one:

Guardian or CAFCASS Officer

And does a parent has the right to an assessment for Gillick competency?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Randle-Jolliffe

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Paul Randle-Jolliffe left an annotation ()

that should be And does a parent has the right to an assessment of a child for Gillick competency in family proceedings?

Customer Services \(CSHQ\),

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email. I've extracted the following line "It is for
the doctor to decide whether or not an individual child is Gillick
competent or not" from


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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

Has the civil servant responding simply Googled for an answer to the question rather than looking to see what relevant information is held by the Ministry of Justice?

Paul Randle-Jolliffe left an annotation ()

Yes they have googled and came up with what I did!