Reporting the Courts

‘Justice should not only be done, but should appear to have been done.’

Lord Sankey in the Nottingham Journal Case [1929] 2 KB 1, 33

The media fulfils a vital role in the administration of justice by ensuring that justice seen, is justice done. There are however circumstances where reporting of aspects of certain cases is inappropriate and should be prevented, and where media reporting can be restrained. Further reporting of criminal proceedings which risks prejudicing the administration of justice does risk being in contempt of court. Our team has considerable experience in advising and assisting on private or anonymised proceedings and the applicability of United Kingdom contempt laws.

How we can help

We will:

  • advise on reporting restrictions in court proceedings of all types, including importantly for our clients in employment and family proceedings;
  • protect our clients’ privacy by assisting in court applications to restrict unnecessary third-party access to documents held on court files;
  • advise on the application of contempt laws in tandem with criminal law specialists.

If you have any reputational or privacy concerns, please contact the Media & Reputation team.

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