An independent journalist has succeeded in her appeal to secure the right to report on a family case.
The appeal was largely agreed between the parties. Of more interest, is that firstly the Court of Appeal Judges gave permission for live tweeting during the hearing, and secondly, that Lord Justice McFarlane (President of the Family Division) identified in his judgement the need for further guidance, stating that there was no detailed guidance or route map for how such applications are to be determined by the Courts.
We await the draft guidance....
Today, independent journalist and Transparency Project member Louise Tickle took her appeal against a reporting restriction order made by a family judge, to the Court of Appeal. She won. Louise and others are now able to report the story of a mother’s long battle through care proceedings, and the removal and later return of her child.