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I wanted to know the expert because say for example it was a report being completed by an Independant Social Worker - then such an expert might well want to have references or background information on the parents and therefore correspondences might actually be accepted but should be made available to all parties.
I understand that the expert is likely to be a psychologist or psychiatrist and therefore correspondences to the expert by a non party are unlikely to have been requested. The expert will be appointed by a lead solicitor in the proceedings and all correspondences should have been gone through that solicitor.
If I understand correctly, what appears to be suggested is that the mother has disclosed the report/ details about the expert to her mother.
Children Act proceedings are private proceedings and the Judge may therefore think that the disclosure by the mother is contempt of court. If the mother is unrepresented and her mother was acting as litigation friend then this would be unlikely although it does overstep the mark of being a litigation friend and I think that a Judge may have a few choice words about that.
I have known parties to disclose details of private proceedings, in fact they have plastered them all over social media, and the Judge, when having this brought to thier attention has issued a stern warning rather than take any action.
In any event, such an incident needs to be brought to the Judges attention at the next court hearing so that they can decide what action they wish to take. I do think that the Judge will consider it appropriate at the least for all parties o be disclosed the correspondence.
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