South Africa: Access to court papers is part of open justice – Dario Milo and Stuart Scott

2 07 2015

Dario-MiloJustice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done. This is the essence of the principle of open justice. Put differently, the public has a right to have access to the courts, to observe how matters will be decided and to obtain court documents relating to those cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Practice Guidance: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court

30 06 2015

Lord ThomasThe Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has issued “Practice Guidance on Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court” [doc] to answer various questions on the application and interpretation of the “Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court” [pdf] issued on 26 March 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 29 June 2015

29 06 2015

Media and Law RoundupThe trial of former News of the World Deputy Editor Neil Wallis continued at the Old Bailey this week.  On Monday the defendant spent his fourth day in the witness box.  Tuesday and Wednesday were taken up with closing speeches.  The judge summed up on Thursday and the jury then retired to consider their verdict. Read the rest of this entry »





A breach of the right to privacy justifies an award of damages for the act of misusing private information ‘per se’, says English High Court in phone-hacking decision – Alison Knight

27 06 2015

men-97290__180English privacy law is a slow-evolving story. Most of its principles have developed from case law since the Millennium, yet awards of damages by the courts in compensation for harm suffered as a consequence of privacy infringements (such as for distress and loss of dignity suffered by claimants) have typically been low. Read the rest of this entry »





Revealed: How The Metropolitan Police Covered-Up For Rupert Murdoch’s News International – Joe Public

26 06 2015

Mazher-Mahmood-010A Bellingcat and Byline investigation can for the first time reveal Scotland Yard had intelligence Mazher Mahmood was corrupting police officers as far back as the summer of 2000. Read the rest of this entry »





Columbia University Launches Online Global Database of Case Law on Freedom of Expression

25 06 2015

Screen_Shot_2015-06-18_at_1_12_07_PMColumbia University has launched an online global database of freedom of expression case law and court rulings. The novel platform developed by Columbia Global Freedom of Expression currently includes some 250 rulings from 65 nations and will be updated and expanded with relevant judicial decisions on a weekly basis. The database is available free to the general public. Read the rest of this entry »





When journalists ignore source material it is public debate which pays the price – Lucy Reed

25 06 2015

PAY-Rebecca-MinnockChristopher Booker wrote about the case of Ethan Williams in The Telegraph on 20 June 2105, in an article entitled: “When judges defy instinct, it is children who pay the price – We were presented with two flatly opposing views of the story of Rebecca Minnock, who went on the run with her son“.  Read the rest of this entry »








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