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February 16, 2015 permalink
Brits in Liverpool rallied against family judge Robert Dodds.
Parents whose children were taken away stage protest against Liverpool family court judge Robert Dodds
Families gathered at court today to express anger at judge who was rebuked by Court of Appeal
PARENTS whose children have been taken away at the hands of a Liverpool family court judge staged a protest outside court today.
Families from Merseyside held banners in protest against Judge Robert Dodds outside Liverpool Civil and Family Court this morning.
Justice chiefs were recently asked to investigate Judge Dodds, who was accused of being “gratuitously rude” and “unprincipled”.
He was criticised by the Court of Appeal in two separate rebukes issued within days of each other.
Judge Dodds was told that he should be “embarrassed” by his “unrestrained and immoderate language” after he told a 13-year-old girl that her case was “codswallop”.
The dad of the girl, told The ECHO: “He said the case was ‘codswallop’. I couldn’t believe how he spoke to us. I was in shock. It’s totally wrong. He was very rude and we just wanted to be treated fairly.”
The father-of-five from Birkenhead added: “My wife and I are very happy Judge Dodds is under investigation. He’s still sat in there today, though.”
The organiser of the protest said: “I can’t see my daughter anymore. She was unfairly taken away from me after her birth.”
On a Facebook page she said: “Protest against Judge Robert Dodds. Very rude and unfair behaviour towards biological parents who enter his court.”
Another mum had her children taken away from her two years ago and is not allowed to see them.
She said: “It’s disgusting what’s going on. I’m very close to my kids. I feel like I’ve been bullied.”
The mother-of-two from Toxteth was in court today fighting for contact with her children.
Another mother protesting today had her 15-year-old daughter taken away from her and put in a foster home last week.
The 52-year-old said: “What they’ve done is absolutely shocking. My daughter is not well. No one will listen to me.”
A spokesman for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said: “HHJ Dodds’ conduct is now the subject of a disciplinary investigation which will be conducted in accordance with the Judicial Discipline (Prescribed Procedures) Regulations 2014.”
Source: Liverpool Echo