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

21 01 2014

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. Read the rest of this entry »





New Guidance: Transparency in the Family Courts and the Court of Protection – Publication of Judgments

16 01 2014

MUNBY_2629027bThe President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has today issued important new guidance on “Transparency in the Family Courts: Publication of Judgments” [pdf] and “Transparency in the Court of Protection: Publication of Judgments” [pdf]. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Re J (A Child), Limiting the scope of injunctions in family cases – Hugh Tomlinson QC

5 11 2013

MUNBY_2629027bIn the case of Re J (A Child) ([2013] EWHC 2694 (Fam), the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, considered an application for a contra mundum injunction by Staffordshire County Council.  He emphasised that the only proper purpose of such an injunction was to protect the child and refused to make an order in the wide terms sought by the Council.  As a result, he allowed the publication of video footage and photographs of a baby being removed from its parents. Read the rest of this entry »





Greater Transparency in the Family Courts: New Draft Guidance – Dania Rifaat

9 09 2013

Sir James MunbyProposed new guidance [pdf] recommends that decisions of the family courts should always be published, unless there are compelling reasons against publication. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, has issued the proposed guidance to facilitate the “need for greater transparency” in the family courts. Read the rest of this entry »