Madeleine Whelan considers for Family Law Week how much weight judges might give to witnesses’ demeanour when evaluating their evidence in the light of a recent judgment of A Local Authority v A Mother from Mrs Justice Lieven. The article examines how judges evaluate witness evidence in the new world of remote hearings and whether demeanour is an effective measurement of truthfulness, considering the myriad of ways both lay and professional witnesses present themselves before a court.

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