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Tag: Family Proceedings

Which Judges can relax reporting restrictions? – Lucy Reed

It’s not that often that a journalist or legal blogger attends a family court hearing but, when they do, they will often ask for permission to report what has taken place, anonymously. Because lawyers and judges are often unfamiliar with dealing with this sort of request, there can be confusion about the correct approach, and sometimes even about whether an ‘ordinary’ Family Court judge is allowed to deal with such a request. Continue reading

Case Law: Re E (A Child), Reporting Restrictions and the foreign media, a pragmatic approach

2646_MunbyIn the case of Re E (A Child) ([2014] Fam 6) the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, returned to the vexed question of reporting restrictions in children cases. He, once again, emphasised the importance of permitting public debate about a decision.  He stressed the need to proceed with caution where the foreign media were involved and ordered express exemptions covering broadcast and print media outside the jurisdiction.  He also permitted publication by the mother on the internet in languages other than English. Continue reading

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