Transparency in the Family Courts: Publicity and Privacy in Practice

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Transparency in the Family Courts: Publicity and Privacy in Practice


Transparency describes openness, accessibility and public understanding of the family justice system.

The principle of open justice has long been limited by the need for privacy to protect the interests of vulnerable parties, and the balance between privacy and publicity is subject to a complex web of legislation and case law, especially in family courts.

This book provides a detailed practical guide to the relevant legislation, case law, policy and procedure, and how the balance between privacy and publicity has changed over time.

Written in the context of the outcome of the President's Transparency Review (2021), the Second Edition of this title covers recent case law and procedural changes. This includes:

- Press attendance and reporting from pilot courts

- Legal blogging developments
- Privacy of financial applications
- Updated judicial guidance on anonymisation and publication, including the transfer of primary publication from BAILII to TNA

The Appendix of case studies has been updated to include recent key cases.

This title provides practitioners in family courts with an explanation of the relevant law, so that they are well-equipped to advise their clients on their remedies, rights and obligations with regard to transparency. It will also assist media lawyers, journalists, legal bloggers and social workers.

This title is included in Bloomsbury Professional's Family Law online service.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The extent of privacy in family proceedings
3. Orders restricting or permitting reporting
4. Publishing and reporting on court judgments
5. The internet and social media
6. Enforcement
7. Other courts
8. Looking ahead

Product details

Published 09 Feb 2024
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 2nd
Extent 328
ISBN 9781526525802
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Julie Doughty

Dr Julie Doughty, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Law, Car…


Lucy Reed KC

Lucy Reed KC practices from St John's Chambers, Br…


Paul Magrath

Paul Magrath is Head of Product Development and On…

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