Judicial Statistics: 2013 Defamation claims down 24%, no privacy injunctions Jan-June 2014

24 10 2014

ministry-of-justiceWe have, once again belatedly, caught up with the most recent annual Judicial Statistics – those for 2013.  These show a substantial decrease in the number of issued defamation claims, down 24% from 2012.  In 2013 there were 142 issued defamation claims in London (where the large majority of claims are made) – as opposed to 186 in 2012.  This is the lowest annual figure since 2002 and appears to be the second lowest of all time. Read the rest of this entry »

Media and Law Review of the Year, 2013: Part 3, “Defamation and Privacy: not many trials or injunctions but a new Act”

2 01 2014

2013 Media LawThe last year was a relatively quiet one in the media law courts.  Our Table of Media Law cases records only 53 decisions of all kinds in defamation cases in 2013. There were none in the Supreme Court, 12 in the Court of Appeal and 41 at first instance. Read the rest of this entry »

Media and Law Review of the Year, 2013: Part 2, Phone Hacking, Blagging, Bribing and the Trial

30 12 2013

2013 year in review 2Phone hacking and its close relations blagging and bribing were rarely out of the media law news in 2013.  There were new arrests and charges throughout the year, culminating in an Old Bailey Trial.  This began on 28 October 2013 with eight defendants facing seven charges. Read the rest of this entry »

Inforrm: End of Winter Break and Looking Forward to 2013

8 01 2013

Wordle: UntitledThe Inforrm Blog today returns to regular publication after our winter break.  Although the legal vacation continues until Friday 11 January 2013, there is no shortage of media and legal news.  We have already had a weekly round up earlier this week and a number of “winter break posts” – in particular we had Judith Townend’s review of Media and Law in 2012 (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).   Read the rest of this entry »