Event: “Inhuman Rights: is the Sun right about the Human Rights Act?”, Helena Kennedy QC lecture on the British press and human rights

23 04 2014

HelenaKennedy-300x200Much of the UK Press has been highly critical of the Human Rights Act, and the anger appears to be rising in the run-up to the European Parliament elections and the 2015 General Election. Read the rest of this entry »

Contempt of court: brief legislative update – Alex Bailin QC and Edward Craven

22 04 2014

Houses-of-ParliamentWe have previously blogged on the Law Commission’s Consultation regarding reform of Contempt of Court and its Report on juror contempt. The Commission also recently published its follow-up Report on publication contempt. Read the rest of this entry »

Law Commission: A sensible proposal for online recording of reporting restrictions – Judith Townend

18 04 2014

Law Commission reforming the lawAmid concerns over proposed changes to the Contempt of Act 1981, through the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which would introduce new statutory powers for the removal of online material*, it seems worth highlighting some separate recommendations on contempt and court reporting, published in late March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Paul Weller’s children win damages in Mail Online photographs privacy case

17 04 2014

DingemansIn a judgment handed down on 16 April 2014, Mr Justice Dingemans (pic) awarded Paul Weller’s three children a total of £10,000 damages for misuse of private information ([2014] EWHC 1163 (QB)).

The case arose out of seven paparazzi photos which were published by Mail Online in October 2012 under the headline “A family day out: Paul Weller takes wife Hannah and his twin sons out for a spot of shopping in the hot LA sun“. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Sir Maurice Drake, former judge in charge of the jury list

17 04 2014

Sir Maurice DrakeSir Maurice Drake, the judge in charge of the jury list from 1991 to 1995, died on 6 April 2014, aged 91. There was an obituary in the Daily Telegraph on 9 April 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 14 April 2014

14 04 2014

Weekly Round Up 2The Phone Hacking Trial completed its twenty first week. The week began with Mr Justice Saunders explaining that Clive Goodman was still not well enough to attend and that the Court would hear Stuart Kuttner’s case next. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: JC v Central Criminal Court, Anonymity protection for under age defendants expires when they are 18 – Rosalind English

10 04 2014

male-female-silhouetteThe case of J & T v Central Criminal Court ([2014] EWHC 1041 (QB)) raised the question whether an order made under s. 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 prohibiting the identification of (among others) a defendant under the age of 18 years, can last indefinitely or whether it automatically expires when that person attains the age of 18 years. Sir Brian Leveson P, giving the judgment of the Court, said that this point: Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 7 April 2014

7 04 2014

Law and Media UpdateThe Phone Hacking Trial completed its twentieth week with a further four and a half days of evidence.  The jury has not, however, resumed hearing the case of Clive Goodman who fell ill in the course of his cross-examination.  On Friday they were told that he was still too unwell to continue giving evidence. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Courses: International Copyright Law and Privacy Law and Policy

1 04 2014

DigibronThe University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law is offering two Summer Courses on International Copyright Law and Privacy Law & Policy on 7 to 11 July 2014 in Amsterdam.  These will take place at a historic house, De Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102 in Amsterdam.
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Law and Media Round Up – 31 March 2014

31 03 2014

Law and MediaThe Phone Hacking Trial completed its nineteenth week of hearings. Former News of the World Royal Editor, Clive Goodman was temporarily unable to continue with his evidence for health reasons. The Court did not hear evidence on Monday 24 March 2014 (Day 75). Read the rest of this entry »


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