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Defamation and domestic abuse, the judgment in Lee v Brown – Julie Doughty

Defamation and domestic abuse – an update

The judgment in Lee v Brown [2022] EWHC 1699 (QB) was handed down on 1 July 2022.   I wrote about the case after I attended one day of a hearing on 20 June.  This update isn’t going to go into detail on defamation law but will, I hope, explain further why I think the scaremongering after Depp v Heard (US trial) was exaggerated. Fear of being threatened with libel should never stop anyone reporting abuse. Continue reading

Which Judges can relax reporting restrictions? – Lucy Reed

It’s not that often that a journalist or legal blogger attends a family court hearing but, when they do, they will often ask for permission to report what has taken place, anonymously. Because lawyers and judges are often unfamiliar with dealing with this sort of request, there can be confusion about the correct approach, and sometimes even about whether an ‘ordinary’ Family Court judge is allowed to deal with such a request. Continue reading

Family Courts: Local Authorities in care proceedings, To name or not to name – that is the question

The Transparency Project noticed two cases in which judgments were published on 11 May 2020 the very day that the President’s Transparency Review call for evidence closed – each deals with the question of whether a local authority who had brought care proceedings should be named, and each considers the 2018 guidance on anonymisation (which is one of the subjects of the President’s Transparency Review). Continue reading

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