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Court of Protection pilot scheme: an experiment in greater transparency – Paul Magrath

Court of ProtectionThe last few years have seen a gradual process of opening up the Family Courts to greater public scrutiny, partly to comply better with the principle of open justice (that “justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done”) and partly to dispel the notion that justice administered in private hearings must have something to hide and cannot be fully accountable. Continue reading

Case Law: Ewing v Cardiff Crown Court, The taking of notes in court does not require judicial permission – Hugh Tomlinson QC

Taking NotesIn the case of Ewing v Crown Court sitting at Cardiff and Newport ([2016] EWHC 183 (Admin)) the Divisional Court confirmed an important feature of the open justice principle: that permission is not needed in order to take notes in Court.  Although the Court may, for good reason, withdraw the liberty to take notes, the default position is that anyone who attends a public hearing is free to take notes. Continue reading

News: Court of Appeal dismisses Media’s “Terror Trial” secrecy appeal

Erol_IncedalThe Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal brought by a number of media organisations against continuing restrictions on reporting the trial of Erol Incedal.  In a judgment given by Lord Thomas CJ, Guardian News And Media Ltd & Ors v R. & Incedal ([2016] EWCA Crim 11), the Court upheld reporting restrictions which had covered parts of the trial which were held in private. Continue reading

Case Comment, Canada: AM v Toronto Police Service, A presumption of notice to the media for anonymization applications? – David Potts

Ontario_Superior_Court_of_JusticeIn the case of A.M. v Toronto Police Service (2015 ONSC 5684) the Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice examined a narrow but important question of  the obligation of notice to the media when a party is seeking an anonymization order. In this case, within an application for judicial review, the applicant AM applied  for an order permitting him to pursue the application using only his initials. Continue reading

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