A guide, dated July 2011, has been issued by Sir Nicholas Wall (President of the Family Division), the Judicial College and the Society of Editors on media reporting and attempts to bring together all the current legislation and common law principles which affect the media’s right and scope to report on family matters in the family courts in one document.

The preface to the guide tells us that, “a group of lawyers and journalists, including representatives from both the print and broadcast media, have got together to talk to each other. As part of these discussions, they commissioned a paper which would set out a statement of the current state of the law in this most complex area.” 

The guide itself was put together by Adam Wolanski and Kate Wilson, who are both barristers and at 36 pages it’s a solid read. Whilst it does not consider how the current climate may change in relation to this kind of reporting by looking at existing proposals (which may or may not be enacted) like those that can be found in the Children, School and Families Act, 2010, it is certainly as compact an analysis (for barristers 🙂 ) as one is likely to find, for now and most definitely worth a read.

You can have a browse-through of the Guide here.