Category Archives: Injunctions and court orders

Judge ‘wrong’ to limit youth court reporters

A judge refused to allow more than three reporters into a youth court hearing to avoid overwhelming a defendant accused of attacking a police officer. She later relented after key evidence had been heard. PA Legal Editor Mike Dodd said court rules did not limit the number of reporters who could attend youth courts – which are closed to the public. He said the judged place the defendant’s welfare above the principle of open justice.

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Video: key legal issues for the media

In a 12-minute film, Professor Duncan Bloy summarises legal challenges for journalists and community media, including defamation, copyright, reporting sex offences, and privacy. Note that a legal right to film council meetings has been established since this film was made in April 2014. Watch here

Media can automatically challenge restrictions

New guidance on reporting restrictions issued in June 2014 set out to explain changes to court procedures for both the media and the judiciary. In future, the media must automatically be given the opportunity to challenge proposed reporting restrictions; and teachers are given automatic anonymity in case of complaints from pupils, until proceedings start.

Read a summary from HoldTheFrontPage law column here

Click here to read the guidance in full
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