• Correcting, clarifying or commenting on media reports of family court cases

  • Explaining or commenting on published judgments of family court cases

  • Highlighting other transparency news



We’ve not seen anything to comment on over the last week.  Let us know if we missed something as we have been pretty focused on the exciting new pilot of legal bloggers attending family courts (see below).


Transparency Positive / Linker of the Week (back-dated)

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (Melanie Newman)–  We did spot this (April 2018) report however, offering a depth of reporting and links to primary sources (family court judgments / research / guidance), rarely on offer from most mainstream news media publications:



D (A Child) in the Supreme Court – A 16 year old’s appeal (through his litigation friend), of a Court of Appeal decision that his ‘confinement’ in a residential unit didn’t amount to a deprivation of his liberty (Article 5 of the European Convention of Human Rights) where his parents consented to it. The Times reported here. It was live streamed but there appears to be no catch-up option ahead of eventual publication of the judgment:



The legal blogging pilot got underway – The pilot, of duly authorised legal bloggers having similar rights to accredited journalists to attend family courts, began on Monday. We tested it out and wrote it up in Inaugural legal blogging day and Day 2: Attending as a non-practising solicitor under the Tranparency Project Umbrella. The GazetteLegal Futures and Legal Cheek, also reported the pilot. The Transparency Project went on to explain the law for anyone who might want to object to the attendance of a legal blogger (or reporter) in  Can I object to a legal blogger (or journalist) coming into my hearing?  Key links for those interested in taking up the new right to attend (or applying to do so under the Transparency Project umbrella / publishing a report for us) are here at our Information Page:





Family Justice Council debate on covert recording – The FJC announced their next debate, ‘Nothing to hide – what’s wrong with covert recordings?’, in Leeds on 3rd December. Apply here by 21st November. (Lucy Reed, Transparency Project Chair is on the Panel). The Court of Appeal invited Guidance from the FJC though the working group has yet to issue it. (See also Covert Recording : A hot potato lob by the Court of Appeal):


First Open Family Court workshop announced – Applications to attend this workshop (in Bristol on Saturday 3rd November) to Louise Tickle (freelance journalist and Transparency Project member). Information and contact details here:


The ALC conference Crisis, What Crisis?’ – This is a lawyer only event but of wider transparency interest in that Carol Coulter of the Child Care Law Reporting Project (Ireland) is speaking on Reporting child care law: reconciling the right to privacy with the need for transparency and accountability in the child protection court: 


Feature pic: Courtesy of Flickr Lauri Heikkinen via Creative Commons licence – with thanks