Guidance issued to court staff on supporting media access

This week the Ministry of Justice issued Guidance to staff on supporting media access to courts and tribunals as “part of a wider effort to build stronger working relationships between courts and the press and maintain the principle of open justice as we increasingly digitise court services.”

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Delays inflicted by other public bodies

Re H (Children) 2018.

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Freedom versus responsibility when the press report on care proceedings: Round Two.

On 22nd October 2018 the Sun published a second in its line of ‘investigative reporting’ into the child protection system, titled ‘Parents who’ve lost kids in shadowy secret courts slam ruthless millionaires cashing in on UK’s fostering crisis’.

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Children and young people’s mental health and well-being: yet more judicial concern about the lack of adequate provision of care

Camilla Parker explains why judges in two recent cases have expressed strong views about the lack of provision for children who need to be detained for their own welfare.

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Funding family proceedings for the weaker spouse

A coalition of questions led me to think about legal services orders: the orders which enable judges, in the view of some husbands, to force them to pay their wives to sue them.

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Pension mention: Ensuring you know about pensions when you get divorced

Looking at an article in the Telegraph ‘Divorcing women should be shown value of their husband’s pension, Age UK says'.

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Reporting restrictions on Bethany’s dad – children’s rights or concealing system failure?

On Saturday, the Times reported: ‘Father beats legal bid to silence him over autistic girl in hospital “cell” ‘ [paywall].

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What is the legal test for taking a baby away before a final care order is made?

On 9th October 2018 the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory published a summary of its report ‘Born into Care: Newborns in Care Proceedings in England’.

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A gasp factor and a gulp factor: bad conduct and the family assets

Today’s Guardian has an article entitled : ‘MP to call for ban on attempted murderers recovering joint assets’.

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Magical sparkle powers (repeat to fade)

Re T (A Child) 2018.

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Family proceedings: a ‘watchdog’ role

On 1 October 2018 a new scheme was unveiled which enabled ‘legal bloggers’ with the right qualifications and paperwork to go into family courts (see Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010) Practice Direction PD37J).

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Day 2 of the legal blogging pilot – Attending as a non-practising solicitor, under the umbrella of the Transparency Project

On day two of the new legal blogging pilot I headed to the East London Family Court to check out how easy it would be to take up the new right to (normally) attend (most) family court hearings (just as an accredited journalist can).

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Can I object to a legal blogger (or journalist) coming into my hearing?

This post explains what the court rules and other law say about when journalists (or bloggers) may be excluded.

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Inaugural Legal Blogging Day

Yesterday, 1 October, was the first day of the new legal bloggers pilot. Having spent many hours persuading the powers that be that this was a good idea to try out, it seemed like the done thing to be there on Day One.

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Legal Bloggers are go!

The legal blogging pilot starts today.

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