Privy Council: Pinard-Byrne v Linton, Hearing of Defamation Appeal in “Reynolds” case

27 04 2015

Judicial_Committee_of_the_Privy_Council_-_Court_3As we noted in our weekly Law and Media Round Up, on 22 April 2015 the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council heard a libel appeal from Dominica in the case of Pinard-Byrne v Linton. The plaintiff is seeking to overturn a judgment of the the Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth of Dominica that the publications were protected by Reynolds qualified privilege (25 March 2013 [pdf]). Read the rest of this entry »





News: PressBoF issues Royal Charter judicial review claim against eight Privy Councillors

29 10 2013

Guy Black takes his seat in the House of LordsOn 24 October 2013, it was announced that the newspaper industry’s associations, through PressBoF, were applying to the High Court for judicial review of the decision to reject their application for a Royal Charter.  This application was not in fact issued until  28 October 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





The Privy Council and the Royal Charters: how does it all work?

8 10 2013

Privy Council (1)This is the week of the Privy Council and Press Charters.  The Privy Council is due to meet on 9 October 2013 and it seems that the the PressBoF Royal Charter [doc] may be on the agenda.  A Committee of the Privy Council has been considering this charter and may be formally reporting to the Privy Council.  Read the rest of this entry »





Privy Council and Royal Charters: Constitutional Obfuscation

18 07 2013
Privy Council (1)

Meeting of the Privy Council

The Privy Council is in the news following the unfortunate decision of the Prime Minister to ignore a key Leveson recommendation and to constitute a “recognition body” by Royal Charter, rather than by statute. Read the rest of this entry »