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New report focuses on public attitudes to the publication of justice data – Paul Magrath

New report focuses on public attitudes to the publication of justice dataThe Legal Education Foundation has published a report about the collection, use and commercial exploitation of data from the justice system, focusing in particular on the new judgments database set up by The National Archives earlier this year. It reveals both a lack of public awareness and a surprising level of public concern over the re-use of such data by third parties, and recommends more transparency in how such data is managed. Continue reading

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

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