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It is pointless for the courts to make orders if those orders are not then
enforced. There is a legitimate public interest in ensuring that where an
order is made by the court it is subsequently obeyed. Failure to enforce
contact orders is the basis of some of the claims that the system is 'biased
against fathers'. Furthermore, a failure of the State to enforce orders in
this sphere has been held by the European Court of Human Rights to amount to
a breach of the State's positive obligations under the European Convention
on Human Rights.

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