Bob the Builder: can IPSO fix it? – Paul Magrath

8 11 2018

The Transparency Project referred a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation after the Daily Mail refused to correct substantive inaccuracies in a headline and article about a family court judgment. Read the rest of this entry »





Guidance issued to court staff on supporting media access – Paul Magrath

1 11 2018

Last week the Ministry of Justice issued Guidance to staff on supporting media access to courts and tribunals as “part of a wider effort to build stronger working relationships between courts and the press and maintain the principle of open justice as we increasingly digitise court services.” Read the rest of this entry »





Journalism, Judges and Justice: a crisis in court reporting? – Paul Magrath

27 04 2018

A report on Open Justice from the Chartered Institute of Journalists warns of “an unprecedented, and sustained, attack on the journalism profession, which has taken a toll on our ability to cover courts, and report on their function”. Its author is Tim Crook, Vice President of the CIOJ and Professor of Media Law at Goldsmiths. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation: the end of the road for Leveson reforms – Paul Magrath

5 03 2018

On 1 March 2018 the government announced that it would not be proceeding with the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry, and would seek to repeal section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. This post explains the background to that decision and assesses where that leaves us with press regulation. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation: what are we waiting for now? – Paul Magrath

14 12 2016

shutterstock_91249433-1080x675The Department of Culture, Media and Sport is currently running a consultation on the future of press regulation. But how genuine is the consultation? Will they really take any notice of the responses, or is it just an opportunity for the powerful mainstream media to lobby hard to continue its cosy and not very effective system of self-regulation? Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project: Press regulation, why we are unimpressed by IPSO – Paul Magrath

21 10 2016

IPSO-logo1There are many things wrong with the way the national press reports legal matters, especially matters relating to the Family Court and the Court of Protection. But they are not going to get better unless and until the so-called regulator, IPSO, takes firmer action to enforce the Editors Code of Practice. Read the rest of this entry »





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

27 02 2016

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. Read the rest of this entry »