HMCTS response to letter on open justice in the COVID-19 emergency – Judith Townend

1 07 2020

The chief executive of HMCTS, Susan Acland-Hood, has responded to an open letter from NGOs and academics raising concerns about the provision of open justice measures during the COVID-19 emergency period. Read the rest of this entry »





Open letter from NGOs and academics on Open Justice in the Covid-19 emergency

10 06 2020

In recent weeks, the House of Commons select committee on justice has been assured by members of the government, judiciary and court service that open justice continues, despite changes to the nature of physical hearings, and increased use of technology for many types of hearings. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: PA Media Group v LB of Haringey, Journalists persuade Judge to change his mind and name criticised local authority – Lucy Reed

21 05 2020

We wrote about this case last week.  We said “watch this space” Now, we bring you part two… The judge has changed his mind after the intervention of two journalists : the Transparency Project’s Louise Tickle and Press Association journalist Brian Farmer. Read the rest of this entry »





Family Courts: Local Authorities in care proceedings, To name or not to name – that is the question

15 05 2020

The Transparency Project noticed two cases in which judgments were published on 11 May 2020 the very day that the President’s Transparency Review call for evidence closed – each deals with the question of whether a local authority who had brought care proceedings should be named, and each considers the 2018 guidance on anonymisation (which is one of the subjects of the President’s Transparency Review). Read the rest of this entry »





Publication and correction of judgments: official and unofficial sources – Paul Magrath

7 05 2020

Who is responsible for publishing the official approved version of judgments of the courts? Where should we look to find the latest, in some cases corrected, version of a court judgment? These are not new questions, but the sudden swerve to virtual justice has thrown them into new focus. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





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 »





Re Al M: an oasis of transparency in a desert of secrets – Athalie Matthews

18 03 2020

There was never going to be anything ordinary about a custody battle between the billionaire ruler of Dubai and a Jordanian Princess. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland: Overview of internet intermediary and media law cases in 2019, Part 2 – Ciaran O’Shiel and Charlotte Turk

7 02 2020

In Part 1, we looked at judgments from the Crown Court and High Court in Northern Ireland dealing with a source disclosure order and an interim application concerning Facebook. In Part 2, we consider the Court of Appeal’s judgment involving reporting restriction orders and Sir John Gillen’s report into the law on serious sexual offences. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ABC v Google, Claimant who refused to tell the court or his opponent who he was runs out of track – Elisabeth Mason

5 12 2019

In ABC v Google LLC [2019] EWHC 3020 (QB) the High Court dismissed the latest attempt by an anonymous litigant-in-person (‘ABC’) to continue his ‘right to be forgotten’ claim against Google.  The claim concerned Google’s failure to block access to historic news reports concerning ABC (whomever he may be).  Extraordinarily, ABC pursued his claim for nearly two years without ever identifying himself either to his opponent or to the court. Read the rest of this entry »