Case Law: Ewing v Cardiff Crown Court, The taking of notes in court does not require judicial permission – Hugh Tomlinson QC

10 02 2016

Taking NotesIn the case of Ewing v Crown Court sitting at Cardiff and Newport ([2016] EWHC 183 (Admin)) confirms an important feature of the open justice principle: that permission is not needed in order to take notes in Court.  Although the Court may, for good reason, withdraw the liberty to take notes, the default position is that anyone who attends a public hearing is free to take notes. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Court of Appeal dismisses Media’s “Terror Trial” secrecy appeal

9 02 2016

Erol_IncedalThe Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal brought by a number of media organisations against continuing restrictions on reporting the trial of Erol Incedal.  In a judgment given by Lord Thomas CJ, Guardian News And Media Ltd & Ors v R. & Incedal ([2016] EWCA Crim 11), the Court upheld reporting restrictions which had covered parts of the trial which were held in private. Read the rest of this entry »





MTE v Hungary: is the ECtHR rewriting Delfi v Estonia? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

9 02 2016

ARCHITECTURE STOCKA few months after the now infamous judgment of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Delfi v Estonia  (for background, see my earlier post here), the Fourth Section of the Court issued on 2 February 2016 a judgment (MTE v Hungary) dealing with similar issues. Read the rest of this entry »





Press urges Britain to ‘Keep calm and blame Europe’ – John Jewell

9 02 2016

Sun Dad's ArmyThe latest polls are telling us that the British public are moving in droves to the Brexit camp: YouGov has found that 45% would vote to leave the EU against 36% who would vote to stay while 19% declared themselves as “don’t knows”. As The (eurosceptic) Times put it: “Excluding the ‘don’t knows’, this means 56% want to leave while 44% want to remain.” Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Court reports and defamation – Eoin O’Dell

8 02 2016

320px-CriminalCourtofJusticeDublinBefore Christmas, the Attorney-General called for a debate on the question of whether reports of court proceedings should be actionable in defamation only if there is proof of malice. Putting her money where her mouth is, she has now referred the matter to the Law Reform Commission (Irish Legal News |Irish Times). Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 8 February 2016

8 02 2016

WeeklyRoundupAlthough it is more than 10 years since the Metropolitan Police began “Operation Caryatid” [pdf] and 5 years since the commencement of Operation Weeting phone hacking is still in the news. Read the rest of this entry »





News: A £10 million damages claim against Donald Trump and other curious litigation [Updated]

7 02 2016

Kamran MalikAt the end of January 2016 it was widely reported that a “Muslim leader” was suing Donald Trump for £10 million over his claims that areas of London were “no go” areas for the police. Read the rest of this entry »








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