There has, over recent, weeks been a substantial press campaign against so-called “secret arrests” with unanimous support for a policy of releasing the names of people who arrested, irrespective of whether or not they are charged with any offence. ACPO, Lord Justice Leveson and the senior judges responding to the Law Commission have been condemned for supporting a policy of only releasing names in exceptional circumstances. Continue reading
A YouGov poll commissioned by the Media Standards Trust [pdf] and conducted on 31 January to 1 February 2013, has shown strong public support behind implementation of Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations for a new system of press regulation. Continue reading
In June and July 2012 we published a number of posts as part of an “Inforrm Debate” on the issue as to whether trial by jury should be abolished in libel cases. On 13 July 2012 we published a poll to find out whether our readers favoured the abolition of the statutory right to jury trial contained in clause 11 of the Defamation Bill.
Over the last few weeks we have published a number of posts about the right to jury trial in libel cases. At present, clause 11 of the Defamation Bill removes the right to jury trial in cases of libel and slander. This will, in practice, mean that libel cases, in the future, will always be tried by judge alone. Continue reading