What’s in a name? High Court considers anonymity order in sensitive claim – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Claimant became pregnant in 2012 but, tragically, the baby died in utero and was stillborn in May 2013. The Claimant claimed damages to represent the loss of the pregnancy and also for a psychiatric injury which she suffered due to the stillbirth.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th March 2019

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Tavis Spencer-Aitkens: Three found guilty of stab murder – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2019 in gangs, homicide, murder, news, reporting restrictions by sally

‘Two men and a teenager have been found guilty of murdering a 17-year-old boy.’

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BBC News, 14th March 2019

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Reporting restrictions and the James Bulger murder – David Burrows – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 8th, 2019 in anonymity, murder, news, reporting restrictions by sally

‘In February 1993, two-year-old James Bulger was abducted, tortured and then murdered by two 10-year-olds, Jon Venables (JV) and Robert Thompson. As Sir Andrew McFarlane P says in the opening words of Venables & Anor v News Group Papers Ltd & Ors [2019] EWHC 494 (Fam) (4 March 2019): ‘The family of young James Bulger were and are deserving of the greatest sympathy as the indirect victims of this most horrific crime.’ It was James’s father and his uncle who brought the question of publicity – or not – for JV back to court.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th March 2019

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Is social media harming our criminal justice system? – Attorney General’s Office

‘Publication of the government’s response to its Call for Evidence on the impact of social media on the administration of justice.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 5th March 2019

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Lawyers face new duties to keep litigants in person informed – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Rule changes are on the way addressing concerns that lawyers may be keeping litigants in the dark about important court updates.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th February 2019

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Home Office still using NHS patient data for immigration enforcement despite suggesting it would end practice – The Independent

‘The Home Office is obtaining patient data from the NHS and using it for immigration enforcement purposes, despite suggesting last year that this form of data-sharing would no longer take place. A report by the chief inspector of borders reveals immigration enforcement teams are using hospital records containing data on migrants with an outstanding debt to the NHS of £500 or more.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2019

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Westminster paedophile accuser ‘Nick’ identified as judge lifts legal restriction – The Independent

‘The man known as “Nick” whose allegations sparked the Westminster sex abuse probe can be identified after a judge lifted a legal restriction.’

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The Independent, 3rd December 2018

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Court of Appeal hearing in London Stadium row to be livestreamed – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2018 in appeals, media, news, pilot schemes, reporting restrictions, sport by sally

‘A dispute about seating in the former London 2012 Olympic Stadium will be the first Court of Appeal hearing to be live-streamed in full.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Guidance issued to court staff on supporting media access – Transparency Project

Posted October 31st, 2018 in courts, media, news, reporting restrictions by sally

‘This week the Ministry of Justice issued Guidance to staff on supporting media access to courts and tribunals as “part of a wider effort to build stronger working relationships between courts and the press and maintain the principle of open justice as we increasingly digitise court services.”’

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Transparency Project, 28th October 2018

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Reporting restrictions on Bethany’s dad – children’s rights or concealing system failure? – Transparency Project

‘On Saturday, the Times reported: ‘Father beats legal bid to silence him over autistic girl in hospital “cell” ‘ [paywall]. Social affairs editor, Greg Hirst, reported that Jeremy (who is not using his surname publicly) succeeded in contesting an application by Walsall Metropolitan County Borough Council for an injunction to stop his social media campaign that is drawing attention to the plight of his 17-year-old-daughter.’

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Transparency Project, 16th October 2018

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Courts uphold ‘ground breaking’ UK first unexplained wealth order – OUT-LAW.com

‘The High Court has upheld the UK’s first unexplained wealth order (UWO), dismissing a legal challenge to the order obtained by the National Crime Agency (NCA) earlier this year.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th October 2018

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Lawyer bloggers invited to lift veil on family courts – Legal Futures

‘An effort to encourage lawyers to report on everyday proceedings in the family courts to compensate for lack of press interest is being piloted over the next nine months, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2018

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New pilot FPR 2010, PD 36J – attendance at court of ‘legal bloggers’ – Family Law

‘A pilot Practice Direction 36J comes into force on 1 October 2018 to allow certain lawyers to attend family proceedings in the Family Court and Family Division of the High Court with a view to reporting on proceedings. These persons are colloquially described as ‘legal bloggers’. The pilot will run for nine months and concludes on 30 June 2019.’

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Family Law, 27th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Coverage of UK court proceedings inevitable, says top TV executive – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in media, news, pilot schemes, reporting restrictions by sally

‘A senior ITN executive has said it is inevitable that British court proceedings will be televised and has called for the government to allow greater use of cameras in court.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2018

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Let cameras into court to tame aggressive barristers, says Victims’ Commissioner – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 20th, 2018 in barristers, media, news, reporting restrictions, victims by sally

‘Bringing cameras into courtrooms would tame “aggressive barristers”, the Victims’ Commissioner has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2018

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Final Presidential words on transparency – Transparency Project

Posted August 7th, 2018 in family courts, judges, news, private hearings, reporting restrictions by sally

‘Sir James Munby, who retired as President of the Family Division at the end of July, has attracted a good deal of media attention over the years and has been innovative and enthusiastic about constructively engaging with the media. He was vocal as early as 2013 (in a speech to the Society of Editors) about his wish for the family courts and the Court of Protection to become more open and the important role of the media (the press in particular) to make the workings of the family justice system accessible to the public. Although the government had seemingly thrown in the transparency towel after the failed legislation of 2010, he was determined to address the perceived problem of lack of confidence in “secret” family courts.’

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Transparency Project, 6th August 2018

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Reporting restrictions ‘prevent scrutiny’ of economic crimes – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2018 in bribery, fraud, news, private hearings, reporting restrictions by tracey

‘Excessive court reporting restrictions, inadequate listing information and difficulties in obtaining documents are preventing scrutiny of economic crimes and bribery cases, according to a report by Corruption Watch UK.’

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The Guardian, 16th July 2018

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Tribunal: journalist entitled to obtain tax appeal documentation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 16th, 2018 in disclosure, documents, media, news, public interest, reporting restrictions, taxation by tracey

‘A journalist should generally be entitled to obtain copies of documentation lodged with the tribunal as part of a tax appeal, including the grounds of appeal and the response of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th April 2018

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Bar to consult on scrapping LGBT reporting restrictions – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Bar Standards Board is considering dropping a rule that allows one barrister to prevent an entire set from revealing the sexual orientation and religious beliefs of its members.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th October 2017

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Flasher conviction quashed because Facebook village gossip undermined fair trial – Daily Telegraph

‘A loner accused of chasing two women through a village while exposing himself has had his conviction quashed because residents had shared his image and gossiped about him on Facebook.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th September 2017

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