Clearing your name: the devil is in the detail – Alistair Parker

11 08 2018

Statistically, most people charged with criminal offences are guilty as charged. In fact, the vast majority either plead ‘guilty’ of their own volition, or are found guilty at trial and are sentenced. Quite apart from the sentencing, there are rules about how long those convictions remain ‘live’ (meaning they must be disclosed to potential employers). Read the rest of this entry »





Consultation on Open Justice: Proposed Changes to CPR Part 39

7 08 2018

The Ministry of Justice is consulting on proposed changes to CPR Part 39 “Miscellaneous Provisions relating to Hearings”.  The consultation opened on 12 July 2018 and closes on 23 August 2018.  Responses can be by completion of an Online Survey. Read the rest of this entry »





Case law: R v Sarker: Reporting restrictions during trials must not be too easily imposed – Oscar Davies

23 06 2018

On 13 June 2018 the Court of Appeal gave judgment on an appeal by the BBC against a reporting restriction order imposed on 22 January 2018, the first day of the trial of the Defendant, Sudip Sarker ([2018] EWCA Crim 1341). Read the rest of this entry »





The law on revelation of jury deliberations after the Thorpe trial – Alex Bailin QC

15 06 2018

In the wake of the BBC drama on the Jeremy Thorpe trial, Geoffrey Robertson QC wrote an illuminating piece about the contempt proceedings brought against the New Statesman for its interview with a Thorpe trial juror, who had explained that the jury felt obliged to acquit once the performance-related payment agreement with Bessell and The Sunday Telegraph had been revealed to them. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalism, Judges and Justice: a crisis in court reporting? – Paul Magrath

27 04 2018

A report on Open Justice from the Chartered Institute of Journalists warns of “an unprecedented, and sustained, attack on the journalism profession, which has taken a toll on our ability to cover courts, and report on their function”. Its author is Tim Crook, Vice President of the CIOJ and Professor of Media Law at Goldsmiths. Read the rest of this entry »





Crisis in Our Courts and How to Solve it – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

25 01 2018

That was the name of a seminar organised by the Society of Editors and hosted at the offices of the Telegraph Group in London, on 18 January 2018. But the crisis of the title seemed to have more to do with the state of local journalism and the decline of the local press, rather than anything happening in the courts. Read the rest of this entry »





The open justice principle: a child’s crimes and a parent’s misdemeanour – David Burrows

5 01 2018

What legal principles connect publicity for the 17 year-old Charlie Pearce (born 3 July 2000), a double rapist and attempt murderer (R v Pearce (Press Restrictions) Haddon-Cave J (7 December 2017)) and privacy for a stalking mother who, with her cohabitant (‘Mr JM’) tried to disrupt her 10 year-old daughter T’s foster placement (Re T (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1889 (23 November 2017)). Read the rest of this entry »