Met police to explain legal threat against Guardian to MPs in secret – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2011 in media, news, official secrets act, parliament, police, private hearings by tracey

“The Metropolitan police is to be allowed explain to MPs in private why it threatened to invoke the Officials Secrets Act in an attempt to force the Guardian to hand over notes and reveal sources behind its phone-hacking coverage.”

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The Guardian, 21st September 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Campaigners to shun UK inquiry into detainee ‘torture’ – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2011 in inquiries, news, private hearings, torture by sally

“Campaigners and lawyers acting for former detainees say they will boycott an inquiry into the alleged torture and mistreatment of UK terror suspects.”

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BBC News, 4th August 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The Family Courts: Media Access & Reporting – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted August 1st, 2011 in family courts, media, private hearings, reporting restrictions, reports by tracey

“A joint publication of The President of the Family Division, the Judicial College and the Society of Editors.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 29th July 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Police hold closed hearings to sack 477 officers for misconduct – The Guardian

“Police forces are sacking almost 160 officers on average each year after misconduct hearings held in private, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.”

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The Guardian, 9th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

North Shore Ventures Ltd v Anstead Holdings Inc and others – WLR Daily

Posted April 20th, 2011 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, evidence, law reports, private hearings by sally

North Shore Ventures Ltd v Anstead Holdings Inc and others [2011] EWHC 910 (Ch); [2011] WLR (D) 138

“Para 1.5 of Practice Direction 39A supplementing CPR Pt 39 did not deem a hearing to be in private which had not been listed as a private matter. The general rule for proceedings to be held in public unless otherwise stated applied to proceedings not listed in private.”

WLR Daily, 13th April 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Open Justice Unbound? – Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

Posted March 17th, 2011 in drafting, human rights, injunctions, judgments, media, private hearings, speeches by sally

Open Justice Unbound? (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

Judicial Studies Board Annual Lecture, 16th March 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Sir Fred Goodwin, RBS chief, takes out gagging order – Daily Telegraph

“The existence of the injunction was revealed by John Hemming, a back-bench Liberal Democrat MP, during a business debate in the House of Commons yesterday morning. His comments are protected by parliamentary privilege, which means he cannot face court proceedings for revealing the injunction’s existence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

How a secret court was made to open up – The Independent

“The Act of Parliament that created the Court of Protection was pushed through in a hurry, amid an outcry from dozens of MPs, as the government tried to get its outstanding business completed in time for the 2005 general election.”

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The Independent, 1st March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Court allows journalists into care hearing – The Guardian

“The Guardian and other news organisations have won a court ruling that could open up the care system for people with learning difficulties to public scrutiny.”

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The Guardian, 28th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MI5 and MI6 secrecy move ‘threatens press freedoms’ – The Guardian

“Proposals by MI5 and MI6 to extend courtroom secrecy to civil trials would unfairly restrict the right of the media to act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the public, the supreme court heard today (25 January).”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-Guantánamo inmates take on MI5 and MI6 over courtoom secrecy – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2011 in disclosure, news, private hearings, public interest, terrorism by sally

“An attempt by MI5 and MI6 to extend courtroom secrecy has led to a legal battle at the supreme court, with lawyers representing former Guantánamo inmates and the media denouncing the proposal as ‘unconstitutional and excessive’.”

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The Guardian, 24th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pink Floyd Music Ltd and another v EMI Records Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted December 16th, 2010 in anonymity, appeals, law reports, private hearings by sally

Pink Floyd Music Ltd and another v EMI Records Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 1429; [2010] WLR (D) 329

“The Court of Appeal should not depart from the general rule that litigation was to be conducted in public unless a judge of that court was persuaded that there were cogent grounds for doing so.”

WLR Daily, 16th December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Home Office will not appeal 7/7 evidence decision – Home Office

Posted December 14th, 2010 in inquests, press releases, private hearings, terrorism by sally

“Court decision against closed hearings for parts of the London bombings inquest will not be challenged.”

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Home Office, 10th December 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Newspapers challenge secrecy of extradition process in court – The Guardian

Posted December 13th, 2010 in extradition, news, private hearings by sally

“An attempt to open up controversial extradition hearings to greater public scrutiny was launched in the high court today (10 December).”

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The Guardian, 10th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

July 7 inquests will not hear intelligence material in secret – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 3rd, 2010 in inquests, intelligence services, news, private hearings, terrorism by sally

“The coroner hearing the inquests for the 52 victims of the July 7 bombings ruled today that she cannot hear top secret intelligence material in closed sessions.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BBC wins request for Stig case to be held in secret – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 1st, 2010 in BBC, media, news, private hearings by sally

“The BBC has been granted a request for its High Court bid to block the Stig from revealing his identity to be heard behind closed doors.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Spy murder case could be too sensitive for court – Daily Telegraph

“The true explanation for the murder of Gareth Williams, the MI6 codebreaker found dead in a bath, may have to be kept secret even if his killer is found and put on trial, lawyers have warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Rangzieb Ahmed to appeal terrorism conviction – The Guardian

Posted June 24th, 2010 in appeals, intelligence services, news, private hearings, terrorism, torture by sally

“Media organisations want appeal of Manchester man, who complained that MI5 was complicit in his torture in Pakistan, to be heard in open court.”

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The Guardian, 24th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge admits Court of Protection has ‘more than fair share of setbacks’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 11th, 2010 in Court of Protection, judiciary, news, private hearings, reports by sally

“Denzil Lush, Senior Judge said the Government had failed to anticipate the volume of work that would ‘inundate’ the tribunal that rules on the financial affairs and medical treatment of the elderly and mentally ill, or the ‘burden’  it would place on staff.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Al Rawi and others v Security Service and others – WLR daily

Al Rawi and others v Security Service and others [2010] EWCA Civ 482; [2010] WLR (D) 111

“It was not open to a court in England and Wales, in the absence of statutory power to do so or, arguably, agreement between the parties that the case should proceed on such a basis, to order a closed material procedure in respect of the trial of an ordinary civil claim such as a claim for damages for tort or breach of statutory duty.”

WLR Daily, 5th May 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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