On 23 July 2022, the Judicial College produced the latest guidelines for Reporting Restrictions in the Crown Court to provide practical guidance for judges, magistrates, journalists and lawyers. Ellis Cumming reports on the guidelines below.
It is an important principle in our criminal justice system that the court sits in public so that proceedings may be observed by members of the public and reported by the media. However, there are exceptions to this principle in order to protect the rights of children or the identities of some adults.
The Courts believe that assisting the media to report on cases heard in the local courts is important to increase confidence in the criminal justice system, and to show its commitment to open justice. Given that the majority of the relevant information is not available to the general public it must provide appropriate safeguards and recognise their obligations in relation to publications.
The courts shall:
The media shall:
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