Case Law: Re A and B (Children), An interesting judgment about reporting restrictions – FC Reporting Watch

23 01 2019

In the case of A and B (Children) [2018] EWHC 3491 (Fam) the recently retired President of the Family Division Sir James Munby had to deal with an application for reporting restriction orders arising from care proceedings, and a cross application by a journalist for orders permitting disclosure of the majority of the case papers and subsequently permission to report on it. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Ameyaw v PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Employment Tribunal judgment anonymity application fails – Media Lawyer

12 01 2019

In the case of Ameyaw v PriceWaterhouseCoopers ([2019] UKEAT 0244_18_0401) a former senior manager failed in a bid to win anonymity in a published judgment from an Employment Tribunal, and in an application for two decisions to be removed from public records available on the internet. Read the rest of this entry »





Anonymity in CJEU cases: privacy at the expense of transparency? – Peter Oliver

31 12 2018

Juliet famously asked: “Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?”  And then adds: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.”  Having an unfortunate name (like Montague, if you have the misfortune to fall in love with a Capulet) can be challenging.  But what about having no name?   Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: A brief history of recent court suppression orders – Richard Ackland

30 12 2018

“Suppression” is the Australian media-law word for 2018 … Everyone wants to know more about what has been suppressed by the courts … Invariably the cat gets out of the bag … Latest suppression statistics Australia-wide … Are suppression orders sensible in the age of the internet?  Read the rest of this entry »





Family Courts Anonymisation Guidance: a curtain of secrecy? – FCReportingWatch

20 12 2018

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew MacFarlane recently issued some guidance on the anonymisation of published judgments in family court cases. You can read that guidance here. Read the rest of this entry »





Guidance issued to court staff on supporting media access – Paul Magrath

1 11 2018

Last week the Ministry of Justice issued Guidance to staff on supporting media access to courts and tribunals as “part of a wider effort to build stronger working relationships between courts and the press and maintain the principle of open justice as we increasingly digitise court services.” Read the rest of this entry »





Spent Convictions: The Foibles of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act within the Context of Internet Permanence – Samuel McCann

14 10 2018

The shockwaves of a criminal conviction can be felt far beyond the conclusion of any sentence; the stigma of criminality often frustrates social interaction and employment long into the future. The prospect of being labelled a ‘criminal’ by the State can frequently be as great a source of consternation as the punishment itself. Read the rest of this entry »