Archive for the 'private hearings' Category

North Shore Ventures Ltd v Anstead Holdings Inc and others – WLR Daily

North Shore Ventures Ltd v Anstead Holdings Inc and others [2011] EWHC 910 (Ch); [2011] WLR (D) 138

“Para 1.5 of Practice Direction 39A supplementing CPR Pt 39 did not deem a hearing to be in private which had not been listed as a private matter. The general rule for proceedings to be held in public unless otherwise stated applied to proceedings not listed in private.”

WLR Daily, 13th April 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Open Justice Unbound? – Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

Open Justice Unbound? (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

Judicial Studies Board Annual Lecture, 16th March 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Sir Fred Goodwin, RBS chief, takes out gagging order – Daily Telegraph

“The existence of the injunction was revealed by John Hemming, a back-bench Liberal Democrat MP, during a business debate in the House of Commons yesterday morning. His comments are protected by parliamentary privilege, which means he cannot face court proceedings for revealing the injunction’s existence.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

How a secret court was made to open up – The Independent

“The Act of Parliament that created the Court of Protection was pushed through in a hurry, amid an outcry from dozens of MPs, as the government tried to get its outstanding business completed in time for the 2005 general election.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Court allows journalists into care hearing – The Guardian

“The Guardian and other news organisations have won a court ruling that could open up the care system for people with learning difficulties to public scrutiny.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MI5 and MI6 secrecy move ‘threatens press freedoms’ – The Guardian

“Proposals by MI5 and MI6 to extend courtroom secrecy to civil trials would unfairly restrict the right of the media to act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the public, the supreme court heard today (25 January).”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-Guantánamo inmates take on MI5 and MI6 over courtoom secrecy – The Guardian

“An attempt by MI5 and MI6 to extend courtroom secrecy has led to a legal battle at the supreme court, with lawyers representing former Guantánamo inmates and the media denouncing the proposal as ‘unconstitutional and excessive’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pink Floyd Music Ltd and another v EMI Records Ltd – WLR Daily

Pink Floyd Music Ltd and another v EMI Records Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 1429; [2010] WLR (D) 329

“The Court of Appeal should not depart from the general rule that litigation was to be conducted in public unless a judge of that court was persuaded that there were cogent grounds for doing so.”

WLR Daily, 16th December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Home Office will not appeal 7/7 evidence decision – Home Office

“Court decision against closed hearings for parts of the London bombings inquest will not be challenged.”

Full press release

Home Office, 10th December 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Newspapers challenge secrecy of extradition process in court – The Guardian

“An attempt to open up controversial extradition hearings to greater public scrutiny was launched in the high court today (10 December).”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

July 7 inquests will not hear intelligence material in secret – Daily Telegraph

“The coroner hearing the inquests for the 52 victims of the July 7 bombings ruled today that she cannot hear top secret intelligence material in closed sessions.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BBC wins request for Stig case to be held in secret – Daily Telegraph

“The BBC has been granted a request for its High Court bid to block the Stig from revealing his identity to be heard behind closed doors.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 31st August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Spy murder case could be too sensitive for court – Daily Telegraph

“The true explanation for the murder of Gareth Williams, the MI6 codebreaker found dead in a bath, may have to be kept secret even if his killer is found and put on trial, lawyers have warned.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 31st August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Rangzieb Ahmed to appeal terrorism conviction – The Guardian

“Media organisations want appeal of Manchester man, who complained that MI5 was complicit in his torture in Pakistan, to be heard in open court.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge admits Court of Protection has ‘more than fair share of setbacks’ – Daily Telegraph

“Denzil Lush, Senior Judge said the Government had failed to anticipate the volume of work that would ‘inundate’ the tribunal that rules on the financial affairs and medical treatment of the elderly and mentally ill, or the ‘burden’  it would place on staff.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Al Rawi and others v Security Service and others – WLR daily

Al Rawi and others v Security Service and others [2010] EWCA Civ 482; [2010] WLR (D) 111

“It was not open to a court in England and Wales, in the absence of statutory power to do so or, arguably, agreement between the parties that the case should proceed on such a basis, to order a closed material procedure in respect of the trial of an ordinary civil claim such as a claim for damages for tort or breach of statutory duty.”

WLR Daily, 5th May 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Independent News & Media Ltd and others v A – WLR Daily

Independent News & Media Ltd and others v A [2010] EWCA Civ 343; [2010] WLR (D) 94

“Hearings held in the Court of Protection would normally be held in private but in certain circumstances the media could be authorised to attend and report proceedings.”

WLR Daily, 12th April 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Independent wins a ‘hugely important’ victory for the vulnerable – The Independent

“A controversial court which hears all of its cases in secret will open its doors to the media from today, following a successful legal challenge by The Independent which was immediately hailed as a ‘hugely important’ victory for transparency.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Secret tribunal appeal for cousin of trans-Atlantic airlines bomber – Daily Telegraph

“The Home Office is attempting to hold an employment tribunal involving the cousin of a convicted terrorist in secret it has emerged.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 23rd March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Torture trial secrecy unfair, court told – The Guardian

“The government is trying to create a new form of secret trial that would introduce ‘fundamental unfairness’ into the civil law, the court of appeal heard today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government attempts to keep torture case secret – The Guardian

“The government will attempt today to have a case about torture heard entirely behind closed doors in a move that some lawyers say would extend secrecy to a new area of hearings, overriding ancient principles of English law.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Move to withhold evidence in torture collusion claim – The Guardian

“Any evidence of MI5 and MI6 involvement in the rendition and torture of Britons now seeking damages must be heard behind closed doors, the government told the high court today (27 October).”

Full story

The Guardian, 27th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Brown announces Iraq war inquiry – but it will be behind closed doors – The Independent

“Gordon Brown will attempt to win over Labour MPs this week by formally announcing an inquiry into the Iraq war. In a move designed to draw a line under the most controversial act of a Labour government, the Prime Minister will announce the investigation into the decision to go to war in 2003 and its protracted and bloody aftermath.”

Full story

The Independent, 14th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

At last, we go behind the closed doors of family courts – The Times

“Yesterday morning I finally walked through a door that used to be marked ‘keep out’. It was an eerie feeling. The guards and clerks at Ipswich County Court were polite, but nervous. One admitted he was a bit shocked by the arrival of two Times journalists. I felt a bit shocked, too — by the banality of the set-up, in contrast to the bitter heartaches it contains.”

Full story

The Times, 28th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Prosecutors seek secret royal blackmail trial – Daily Telegraph

“Two men accused of targeting a member of the Royal Family in an alleged gay sex and drugs blackmail plot may be tried behind closed doors.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

More family cases go behind closed doors – The Times

“Thousands of children’s care cases will be heard behind closed doors under proposals from the Lord Chancellor yesterday that extend courts’ powers to exclude the media.”

Full story

The Times, 21st June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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