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
Julie Doughty, PhD, is a Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics. She has previously worked as a solicitor and for local government and Cafcass. She currently teaches in family and child law, trusts, and media law. She has been researching privacy and openness in family courts for more than ten years. She recently led a research project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation which evaluated the effects of the transparency guidance issued to judges by the President in January 2014. The project report is currently under consideration by the President of the Family Division. This is available at:
Julie has also undertaken research on adoption; expert witnesses, care proceedings, and the Court of Protection. Julie is also a Consulting Editor on Hershman and McFarlane.
Lucy Reed is a barrister practising from St John's Chambers, Bristol (Call 2002). She is the author of The Family Court without a Lawyer - A Handbook for litigants in person (Bath Publishing, 2014, 3rd Edition forthcoming) and the award-winning `Pink Tape' blog, and the Chair of The Transparency Project. Lucy was the winner of the Jordans Legal Commentary award 2012, and is Bristol Law Society Barrister of the year for 2016. She sits as a family ticketed Deputy District Judge. Lucy regularly delivers talks on family law, litigants in person and transparency issues. She has written several articles on family justice in both the legal and mainstream press.
In practice, Lucy's specialism is child law, with an emphasis on public law proceedings. She is ranked as a Tier 1 Junior in the Legal 500.
Paul Magrath is Head of Product Development and Online Content at the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales (ICLR). He is a non-practising barrister who has spent most of his career reporting cases and writing about the law. He was the founding editor of the Business Law Reports, published by ICLR, and has contributed regularly to The Times and The Independent and to specialist legal publications including Jordans Family Law journal, Bloomsbury Communications Law and Counsel Magazine. He was the editor and one of the authors of Creating Case History, The Law Reports 1865-2015 Anniversary Edition, published by ICLR to mark its 150th anniversary in 2015. He is currently responsible for developing and maintaining the ICLR online legal database platform.
Paul has attended a number of Court of Protection hearings as an observer under the current pilot of hearings being open to the public.