Reporting the Family Courts: the President’s New Clothes – FC Reporting Watch

24 11 2019

This week has seen reports in the legal press of a speech in which the President of the Family Division,  Sir Andrew McFarlane, set out an idea for a research project about news reports containing accounts of how family courts have handled domestic abuse claims. See for example : Press attacks on family courts should be assessed – McFarlane by Monidipa Fouzder in The Gazette. Here we ask : But could it work? Read the rest of this entry »





Court Reporting: President of Family Division issues new guidance on reporting the Family Courts

31 10 2019

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued new Guidance as to “Reporting in the Family Courts” [pdf].  The guidance has been issued to assist the court, the parties and the media in circumstances where a reporter attending court may wish to apply to vary reporting restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »





Reporting Family Courts: An example of why headlines matter – Lucy Reed

20 08 2019

We have seen a number of reports dealing with the sad story of a young father called Christopher Brown who took his own life by hanging. The reports follow a Coroner’s Inquest into the death and most have similar copy which suggest they are based upon a single syndicated news report. Read the rest of this entry »





Family Courts: The President’s guidance on anonymisation in published judgments – Annie Bertram

17 03 2019

On 7 December 2018, Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division [pic], issued some practice guidance to judges entitled Practice Guidance: anonymisation and avoidance of the identification of children and the treatment of explicit descriptions of the sexual abuse of children in judgments intended for the public arena (see January [2019] Fam Law 68). Read the rest of this entry »





The muslim foster carer case again: what else has emerged? – Family Courts Reporting Watch

11 10 2017

We have covered the case originally headlined “Christian child forced into foster care” on a number of occasions. Our earlier posts can be found here : Read the rest of this entry »





Is there any public interest in naming divorcing couples? – Julie Doughty

21 05 2017

In The Times last week, family courts were accused of being ‘secretive’ because they do not advertise the names of people who are getting divorced – under the headline ‘Call to end divorce case secrecy‘ [£]. Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up

5 02 2017

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news.
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Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up

21 01 2017

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news. Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up

15 01 2017

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Tickle v North Tyneside, Judge allows publication of article about children in care – Rosalind English

26 10 2015

anonymous-femaleBefore the court in the case of Tickle v Council of the Borough of North Tyneside and others ([2015] EWHC 2991 (Fam)) were cross applications by a journalist and the local authority regarding care proceedings which the former wished to report. The individual in question was a mother (representing herself in these proceedings) who had had a number of children taken into care in the past. Read the rest of this entry »