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 »





New Guidance: Transparency in the Family Courts and the Court of Protection – Publication of Judgments

16 01 2014

MUNBY_2629027bThe President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has today issued important new guidance on “Transparency in the Family Courts: Publication of Judgments” [pdf] and “Transparency in the Court of Protection: Publication of Judgments” [pdf]. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Re J (A Child), Limiting the scope of injunctions in family cases – Hugh Tomlinson QC

5 11 2013

MUNBY_2629027bIn the case of Re J (A Child) ([2013] EWHC 2694 (Fam), the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, considered an application for a contra mundum injunction by Staffordshire County Council.  He emphasised that the only proper purpose of such an injunction was to protect the child and refused to make an order in the wide terms sought by the Council.  As a result, he allowed the publication of video footage and photographs of a baby being removed from its parents. Read the rest of this entry »