Media and Communications List User Group Meeting: 15 February 2018 – Paul Magrath

22 02 2018

The Queen’s Bench Division Media and Communications List User Group (MACLUG) met again on 15 February to discuss progress since its inaugural meeting on 7 November 2017 (see our earlier post Media Litigation: a new approach). Read the rest of this entry »





Crisis in Our Courts and How to Solve it – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

25 01 2018

That was the name of a seminar organised by the Society of Editors and hosted at the offices of the Telegraph Group in London, on 18 January 2018. But the crisis of the title seemed to have more to do with the state of local journalism and the decline of the local press, rather than anything happening in the courts. Read the rest of this entry »





The open justice principle: a child’s crimes and a parent’s misdemeanour – David Burrows

5 01 2018

What legal principles connect publicity for the 17 year-old Charlie Pearce (born 3 July 2000), a double rapist and attempt murderer (R v Pearce (Press Restrictions) Haddon-Cave J (7 December 2017)) and privacy for a stalking mother who, with her cohabitant (‘Mr JM’) tried to disrupt her 10 year-old daughter T’s foster placement (Re T (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1889 (23 November 2017)). Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Communications List: a new approach to media litigation – Paul Magrath

6 12 2017

Earlier this year Mr Justice Warby was appointed to the newly created role of Judge in Charge of the Media and Communications List. We look at what this means in practice and how it will affect the future management of High Court media claims. Read the rest of this entry »





Legal bloggers reporting the family courts: a level playing field? – Lucy Reed

21 11 2017

In August THAT Muslim foster carer story hit the press (‘Christian child forced into foster care’, The Times, 28 August 2017). The Times journalist Andrew Norfolk, lauded for his expose of the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal, was the subject of trenchant criticism for what was widely perceived as anti-Islamic coverage of a case involving a white Christian child placed with (it was said) Muslim foster carers who did not speak English and who withheld a crucifix and spaghetti carbonara from the child. Read the rest of this entry »





The muslim foster carer case again: what else has emerged? – Family Courts Reporting Watch

11 10 2017

We have covered the case originally headlined “Christian child forced into foster care” on a number of occasions. Our earlier posts can be found here : Read the rest of this entry »





Is there any public interest in naming divorcing couples? – Julie Doughty

21 05 2017

In The Times last week, family courts were accused of being ‘secretive’ because they do not advertise the names of people who are getting divorced – under the headline ‘Call to end divorce case secrecy‘ [£]. Read the rest of this entry »