Defamation Trials, Summary Determinations and Assessments: Jan to June 2010

2 07 2010

The first six months of 2010 has been a bad period for libel claimants.  Defendants have scored a string of high profile victories – even without the benefit of libel reform designed to provide them with further assistance.   The purpose of this post is not to try and draw up a “balance sheet” for this period but is the more limited one of recording the “final determinations” of libel cases by the Courts over the past 6 months. This can only be a partial picture as it does not include settlements or withdrawals.  It does not, therefore, include cases such as BCA v Singh (discontinuance after adverse Court of Appeal ruling) or Fiddes v Channel Four (“drop hands” deal on the first day of trial). Read the rest of this entry »





Jon Venables – New Court Hearings

2 07 2010

After a deluge of unattributed speculation and rumour about Jon Venables and a statement from then Lord Chancellor Jack Straw, it is now clear that that he has been charged with downloading child porn images.  There have also been three hearings recently concerning the criminal proceedings that have been brought against Jon Venables.  Reporting restrictions were initially imposed by Mr Justice Bean, continued and then subsequently partially lifted.   We will begin by recalling the background and then deal with the recent orders. Read the rest of this entry »