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  • Lord Justice Wall 'in favour' of media access to family proceedings
  • Family Law Week (UK)
  • 03/07/2006 Make a Comment
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Lord Justice Wall has come out in favour of opening up family courts to the press. This was reported in The Times following his speech at the Association of Lawyers for Children annual Hershman / Levy Memorial Lecture, which took place on 29 June. In the report Lord Justice Wall stated he is

    "in favour of giving the media access to family proceedings, provided that there are clear ground rules about what they can and cannot report and the extent to which, if at all, they are to be at liberty when reporting the proceedings, to identify the parties and in particular the children concerned"

He also added that judgments, anonymised if necessary, should be given in open court as a matter of routine.

The speech follows publication last week of the judgment in Clayton v Clayton which overturned an injunction on a father that prevented him from publicising the shared parenting agreement reached with the mother in a bitterly disputed contact case. The judgment includes new guidance from The President on publicity in family proceedings (para 77-78) and is available on Family Law Week using this link -

The full text of the report in the Times is available using this link

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