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Media Access to the Family Courts: A Guide to the New Rules and their Application


ISBN13: 9781846612008
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Jordan Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £60.00



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Rule changes came into force on 27 April 2009 which allows media representatives to attend most family proceedings. They also provide that the court can exclude such representatives from all (or part) of individual hearings for reasons set out in the relevant Practice Direction. This work provides an essential examination of the extent of these reforms and analyses how they should operate in practice.

Media Access to the Family Courts: A Guide to the New Rules and their Application provides an essential examination of the extent of these reforms and analyses how they should operate in practice. Representations to the court are made orally and usually without notice. Thus immediate access to the relevant source material is critical for both lawyers and the media. This is an essential guide for the judiciary (including magistracy, justices’ clerks, legal advisers), barristers, solicitors, and the Press.

Subjects:
Family Law
Contents:
What has changed?
What has not changed?
Sources
Policy background
Issues arising from the framework provided by the new Rules
‘Specified Grounds’ and the making of representations as to media access
Check list for authenticity of media representation?
What is the position vis a vis adoption and placement orders
The overriding statutory regime as to the reporting of cases in the family courts?
How are a child’s interests/identity protected after the end of the hearing?
The law relating to disclosure and Guidance from the President of the Family Division;