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Transparency v The Privacy of the Child

Transparency v The Privacy of the Child

02 April 2021 (Last updated: 6 Apr 2021 19:24)

The Court of Appeal has just handed down its decision in Re M in which a freelance journalist sought access to the case papers for a complex set of care/placement order proceedings. Lady Justice King dismisses the appeal by the journalist against the judge’s order which balances the child’s article 8 rights to privacy against the press’s rights under article 10 to freedom of expression. Any of our members having to deal with these issues may be assisted by the detailed explanation of the balancing process which must be undertaken.

Lady Justice King also highlights the President’s ongoing Transparency Review which is looking at the best way to resolve such maters whilst maintaining public confidence in the Family Court.

Click here to read the judgment.