Parents and even editors are afraid to talk about what goes on in the family courts, a freelance journalist declared at a debate on privacy versus accountability in this sensitive area. “A sense of fear pervades the system,” said Louise Tickle. Democracy suffered, the audience was told. Read more from The Transparency Project here.
Reporters have been allowed into previously-closed hearings in the Court of Protection but they fail to explain its workings to the public, a barrister has complained. Read more
A Court of Protection judge imposed an injunction preventing a 94-year-old dementia sufferer from talking to the media because of concerns about her mental capacity. The Daily Mail argued she had a right to talk to the press (UK Press Gazette, April 2014). Read more
The temporary unjunction was later made permanent. Read more
Reporters should have been warned of potential restrictions in covering a case of a woman needed an operation, a judge at the Court of Protection said. The court deals with people who cannot make decisions for themselves (UK Press Gazette, March 2014). Read more
January 2014: The Court of Protection handles some of the most delicate and contentious cases, says HoldTheFrontPage in its legal column, but reporters are heavily restricted in covering it. Read more