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Day: 9 July 2010

Lord Lester’s Bill, Second Reading Debate

The House of Lords today debated Lord Lester’s Defamation Bill.  The debate was opened by Lord Lester, moving his bill . He expressed gratitude to the Minister for having met with him and his team.   He accepted that there should be a Select Committee or a draft Government Bill based on his version.  He expressed a preference for “a draft Government Bill subject to pre legislative scrutiny by a committee of both Houses“. Continue reading

Case Law: AP (No.2) – Supreme Court on Anonymity

The Supreme Court has, for the second time this year, considered the circumstances in which it is appropriate to make an anonymity order in court proceedings.  In Re Guardian News & Media ([2010] UKSC 1) the Court overturned anonymity orders in respect of a number of individuals who had been subject to freezing orders.  However, in the recent case of Secretary of State for the Home Department v AP (No.2) ([2010] UKSC 26) the Court reached the opposite conclusion, upholding an order which had been made at the outset of the hearing. Continue reading

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