Browse > Home / Legal, Politics, Press freedom and ethics / Blog article: Guardian: Court of protection should be open to media, says leading judge

Guardian: Court of protection should be open to media, says leading judge

November 7th, 2011Posted by in Legal, Politics, Press freedom and ethics

The processes of England’s most private court should be opened up to public and media scrutiny, the head of the court of protection Sir Nicholas Wall has said in an interview with the Guardian.

The media has recently been granted increased access to the proceedings of the court, which makes decisions in the cases of people deemed vulnerable or unable to make decisions for themselves, but on the rare occasions that the media is granted access judges still decide on a case-by-cases what they can have access to and report on, and at what stages of a case.

Wall told the Guardian:

It seems to me a matter of public interest. The public is, after all, entitled to know what’s going on. Locking up a mentally disabled person is a very serious thing to do and we don’t want people quietly locked up in private.

He added:

The decision about opening up the court is very fraught and people have very strong views. My entirely personal view is that provided we can protect the confidentiality of litigants and their families, there’s not a reason we can’t hear the cases in the presence of the media.

Read the full report on Guardian.co.uk at this link.

Journalism.co.uk court of protection coverage.

Similar posts:

  • theUKhasbecomeajoke

    It’s a grave pity that up to 2 months ago, Sir Nicholas Wall maintained an opposing argument. The disgrace of the UK family courts could have been on public display for all to ridicule, if the likes of this 67 year old lawyer did not attempt to maintain the current secrecy…

© Mousetrap Media Ltd. Theme: modified version of Statement