The second most senior family court judge in England and Wales is preparing to analyse the latest stage of the Alfie Evans life-support treatment dispute.
Sir Andrew McFarlane, who in July will become the new president of the Family Division of the High Court, will head a panel of three Court of Appeal judges due to hear arguments about the 23-month-old at a hearing in London on Wednesday afternoon.
Judicial heads announced earlier this week that Sir Andrew, currently Lord Justice McFarlane, would take over from Sir James Munby as the most senior family court judge in England and Wales.
Alfie's parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, who are both in their early 20s and from Liverpool, are appealing against a ruling made by a High Court judge late on Tuesday.
They want to move Alfie from Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool to a hospital in Rome.
Mr Justice Hayden decided, at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in Manchester, that Alfie should not be allowed to travel to Italy.
Several hundred well-wishers lined the street outside Everton FC's stadium to say farewell to 23-month old Alfie Evans.
A private funeral for 23-month-old Alfie Evans will be held next week, it has been announced.
An MEP is launching a campaign for "Alfie's Law" to give parents of terminally-ill children more say in end-of-life hospital care.