Case Law: Fiddes v Channel 4, “the end of trial by jury?”

31 05 2010

Last Friday, 28 May 2010, Mr Justice Tugendhat ordered that the trial in the case of Fiddes v Channel Four should be by judge alone.  The case concerns a documentary purporting to show members of Michael Jackson’s family moving to Devon and the claimant accuses the defendants of “faking” certain elements of the programme.  The trial is due to begin on 14 June 2010 and would have been the first libel jury trial since Desmond v Bower, which concluded on 22 July 2009.   Read the rest of this entry »