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Media law is ever changing and this index will strive to keep you abreast of developments in this complex and important area of journalism.

Our fortnightly column looking at the latest law issues, written by specialist media lawyers from Foot Anstey, also appears here.

Court request thrown out

A court has backed the right of the press to report a Crown Court. Publication in the Gloucestershire papers came despite a bid by defence lawyers to ban publication, under the Contempt of Court Act, of a report of a

Legal minds apply themselves to editors' seminar

A day-long law seminar by Walter Greenwood and Stuart Patrick is to be hosted by the National Council for the Training of Journalists in November. The event is aimed at editors and newspaper executives and will cover libel, contempt of

Mail to launch legal moveon ID bid

Legal moves are being launched by the Hull Daily Mail to overturn a ban on identifying a youngster who has been made the subject of an anti-social behaviour order. Magistrates imposed the restriction because the youngster is also facing separate

Court reporters persuade the bench to change its mind

Three reporters in Exeter teamed up to persuade magistrates not to go into secret session to hear a case against a man arrested in connection with a major drugs inquiry. The defendant had been picked up by armed police in

Notts magistrates in law update

Magistrates in Nottinghamshire are to receive revised guidance notes following the publication of the report on reporting restrictions. At a meeting with newspaper and broadcast editors, the clerk to the justices, Graham Hooper, agreed the new report substantially superseded previous

Sussex S39 case:A lawyer's view

Page 2 of 2 “Had we been legalling this and seen the copy we might have said it would be unwise to publish the dates when he was excluded and started the new school. “Equally, it is possible we might

Sussex S39 case:"An occupational hazard"

Page 1 of 2 The editors convicted of breaking a ban on identifying a child expelled from school are considering an appeal. Simon Bradshaw, of the Evening Argus, and David Briffett, of the West Sussex County Times, were each fined

Seminar on 'publicity and children' in legal cases

The law surrounding publicity and children involved in legal proceedings is to be examined at a legal seminar later this month. Coram Chambers is organising the event, which will host a critical examination of the law relating to children involved

Help for reporters and magistrates

New guidelines on reporting restrictions in magistrates’ courts are about to be issued to courts and editors. They are being sent out by the Society of Editors after the success of a similar document last year covering the crown courts.

Help arrives at court

Magistrates and their clerks are being sent advice on when they should apply reporting restrictions, thanks to an initiative from the Society of Editors. It follows a move last year when similar documents were sent to crown court judges. The

Sussex editors are cleared

Page 1 of 2 Two Sussex newspaper editors have won a landmark test case about reporting court hearings involving children. Argus editor Simon Bradshaw, and former editorial director of the West Sussex County Times David Briffett, have been cleared of

Sussex S39 case:An industry view

Page 1 of 2 Society of Editors executive director Bob Satchwell said editors were extremely aware of their duty to protect children, and said cases such as the one in Sussex could pose a threat to open justice. “It is

Sussex S39 case:A lawyer's view

Page 1 of 2 Cathryn Smith, a partner in the media team at Foot Anstey Sargent, is a newspaper lawyer who “legals” raw copy every day. She said: “The difference is going to be that when a journalist or editor

Get updated by legendary libel lawyer Peter Carter-Ruck

Legendary libel lawyer Peter Carter-Ruck will be the main speaker at an update day on media law in central London on Saturday, November 18. He is scheduled to look at recent changes in the practice of defamation and the spate

Law date postponed

The media law update day, at which Peter Carter-Ruck was to have been the chief speaker, has been postponed. The day was organised by the National Union of Journalists and The Media Training Centre to update journalists and anyone concerned