Anna-Laura Lock has commented on Family courts being encouraged to cooperate with reporters in a bid to become more transparent.
“There has been a growing appetite for transparency in relation to family proceedings for the wider public. The new guidance issued by the President of the Family Division in relation to reporting restrictions has made a big leap forward by instructing the family courts and advocates to proactively assist journalists wishing to attend and report on family proceedings. It makes the roles of the judge, advocates and journalists explicitly clear; the process of applying for and adjudicating cases in relation to reporting restrictions is quicker, easier and more simple to understand.
“It is hoped that providing greater access to the inner workings of family law, proceedings will remove some of the public’s negative perceptions in relation to the family justice system.”
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