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About turn on publication of judgments online

Publish date: 21 September 2011
Issue Number: 1403
Diary: Legalbrief eLaw & Management
Category: General

The UK Ministry of Justice may scale back plans to publish Family Court judgments online, after a review of the pilot project questioned whether there was any 'real benefit' in reporting every case, says a Law Gazette report.

It notes the pilot tested the feasibility of issuing written judgments in certain types of family case and making anonymous judgments available through the British and Irish Legal Information Institute Web site. According to the report, it ran between November 2009 and December 2010 at Cardiff and Wolverhampton County and Magistrates' Courts, and Leeds Magistrates' Court, and captured 165 cases, most of which were public law Children Act cases. The pilot was set up in response to the recommendations of the Ministry's consultation paper, Confidence and Confidentiality: openness in the Family Courts - a new approach, published in June 2007, and was a prerequisite to the implementation of part 2 of the Children School and Families Act 2010, which will allow greater freedom to report on family court proceedings. Full Law Gazette report Consultation paper