Practice Direction on Closed Judgments issued

Practice Direction on Closed Judgments issued

The Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals have issued, with the approval of the Lord Chancellor, a Practice Direction concerning the secure retention of closed judgments. The Practice Direction applies to any court or tribunal giving a ‘closed’ judgment in a closed material procedure. It covers proceedings under Part 1 of the Justice and Security Act 2013, those related to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures and any appeals therefrom.

The Practice Direction arises out of the Court of Appeal’s decision in Guardian News & Media Ltd v R & Incedal [2016] EWCA Crim 11[2017] 2 All ER 121 and instructs courts and tribunals to lodge a single printed copy and an electronic copy of each closed judgment (and any related open judgment) with the Royal Courts of Justice Senior Information Officer within 14 days of being delivered, for consideration for inclusion in the library of closed judgments. It further provides that both printed and electronic judgments must at all times be maintained under secure handling provisions as set down in Closed Judgments Library—Security Guidance of 2017.


Source: Judiciary website

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