Litigation during lockdown: UK courts keep calm and carry on – Mathilde Groppo

3 04 2020

When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown on 23 March 2020, the UK effectively aligned its response to the COVID-19 pandemic to that of other European countries. For litigation practitioners, this raised a number of queries relating not only to the effect this would have on their practice as a whole, but also – more pragmatically – to the effect this would have on upcoming hearings and the conduct thereof. Read the rest of this entry »





The COVID-19 Pandemic, the Media and the Law – Call for Submissions

1 04 2020

The Media & Arts Law Review is seeking submissions for Special Issue 24(2). The theme of this Special Issue is ‘The COVID-19 Pandemic, the Media and the Law’. The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-generation event. It is already having a significant impact on all aspects of Australian society, including the legal system. Read the rest of this entry »





Staying secure when homeworking during the coronavirus pandemic – Ali Vaziri

31 03 2020

Viruses do not just infect organic lifeforms such as humans. They, and other types of malware, can also affect our digital lives. While the world faces a public health emergency leaving organisations with little choice but urgently to introduce or scale up homeworking arrangements, opportunist cyber criminals are exploiting the crisis by increasingly using the coronavirus (COVID-19) as an attack vector. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 30 March 2020

30 03 2020

The first week of the coronavirus lockdown in the UK has had a profound effect on the conduct of all business, including that of the Court.  On 27 March 2020 the government announced that most court and tribunal buildings are closing during the coronavirus pandemic to reduce the risk of court users spreading the infection. Read the rest of this entry »





Society’s dependence on the internet: 5 cyber issues the coronavirus lays bare – Laura DeNardis and Jennifer Daskal

29 03 2020

As more and more U.S. schools and businesses shutter their doors, the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic is helping to expose society’s dependence – good and bad – on the digital world. Read the rest of this entry »





Covid-19, the UK’s Coronavirus Bill and emergency ‘remote’ court hearings: what does it mean for open justice? – Judith Townend

24 03 2020

There will be an increasing use of ‘remote hearings’ in the courts in England and Wales in coming weeks and months, under existing law, and if extended provisions in the emergency Coronavirus Bill are passed. But there are important practical questions to consider if we wish to safeguard open justice. Read the rest of this entry »





Monthly International Round Up – Suneet Sharma

24 03 2020

This is the fourth instalment in a regular new series from Inforrm highlighting press and case reports of new media and information cases from around the world.  It is intended to complement our United States: Monthly Round Up posts.  Please let us know if there are other cases and jurisdictions which we should be covering. Read the rest of this entry »





COVID-19 and the Civil Courts: the latest position

23 03 2020

There have been a number of publications containing “Guidance” for users of the Civil Courts in England and Wales issued over the last few days. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 23 March 2020

23 03 2020

The news continues to be dominated by Coronavirus, with the Courts starting to become affected. On 17 March 2020 the Lord Chief Justice announced that no jury trials longer than three days must he be held in England and Wales. The Law Society Gazette had a piece. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Media and Law Round Up – March 2020

19 03 2020

The US Congress is considering passing a Data Protection Bill in a bid to harmonise data protection regimes nationwide. BetaNews considers the implications and developments. There have also been calls for a US data protection agency to be established which a number of commentators have called for following Senator Kirsten Gillbrand’s proposal for such legislation. Read the rest of this entry »