A judge lifted an order banning identification of a boy on trial for murder because justice should be open. It would have been impossible to name his adult brother, who was also charged, without identifying the boy (UK Press Gazette, March 2014). Read more
Journalists can ask to see paperwork – and pictures, etc – that forms part of the evidence in a court case, even if it’s not read out or shown in court. But it’s not clear whether they’d have the protection of privilege when using them for stories, reported the HoldTheFrontPage law column in March 2014. Read more
A weekly paper was fined £750 for revealing the identity of a child protected by a court order through human error (HoldTheFrontPage, February 2014). Read more
A man in Northern Ireland failed to get an injunction preventing a newspaper publishing allegations of his involvement in terrorism when a court ruled in defence of investigative journalism, reported UK Press Gazette in February 2014. Read more
Bank staff whose phone conversation was recorded and published did not have a claim that their privacy was breached, a court ruled (UK Press Gazette, February 2014). Read more.
See also Oftel’s guidelines on recording phone calls: it’s legal to record your own calls without telling the person at the other end, but only for personal use.
Discretionary orders protecting the identity of children in court proceedings should not automatically remain in place for life, argued the law column on HoldTheFrontPage in February 2014. Read more here, but note the debate was ongoing.