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Transparency in the Family Courts: Publicity and Privacy in Practice

Authors: Julie Doughty, Lucy Reed and Paul Magrath

ISBN: 9781526503855

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Edition: First

Publication Date: 2018

Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional

Transparency in the Family Courts: Publicity and Privacy in Practice

Transparency in the Family Courts: Publicity and Privacy in Practice

Are you concerned about promoting transparency whilst protecting the privacy of vulnerable clients?

With a foreword by Sir Andrew McFarlane, the incoming President of the Family Division, and an author team from The Transparency Project, Transparency in the Family Courts: Publicity and Privacy in Practice clarifies what transparency means in practice for professionals and families involved in the family courts, and provides guidance on privacy in family law cases and their reporting in the media.

This new title provides full coverage of the implications of the 2014 Guidance on publication of judgments and looks at:

  • An overview of the history of transparency
  • Compliance with:
    • Section 12 of the Administration of Justice Act 1960
    • Section 97 of the Children Act 1989
    • ECHR Articles 8 and 10
    • Rules and Practice Directions covering all family proceedings
  • Publishing and reporting on court judgments; reporting restrictions orders
  • The internet and social media
  • How to advise parties involved
  • Guidance on enabling children and families and practitioners to make informed decisions
  • Transparency in other courts and tribunals

Appendices include key legislation and case studies and the topic will be kept up-to-date on the Bloomsbury Family Law online service.

This new title is essential reading for family law practitioners in private practice, local authorities and other public bodies, as well as media lawyers, journalists and social workers.

Julie Doughty is a Lecturer in Law in the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University

Lucy Reed is a Barrister at St John's Chambers

Paul Magrath is a Barrister with the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales

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