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Can a reporting restrictions order which is served on media organisations via email be good service? If so, are there any specific requirements?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 04/08/2016

The following Family Q&A Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can a reporting restrictions order which is served on media organisations via email be good service? If so, are there any specific requirements?

Notwithstanding the commitment by the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, to transparency and openness in the family courts, there remain general restrictions on the ability of the media to report on certain types of family cases. In addition, the courts have the power to make orders restricting publication of information about children or incapacitated adults. Such applications must be made in the High Court and are governed by Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), PD 12I.

FPR 2010, PD 12I also makes reference to Practice Note (Official Solicitor: Deputy Director of Legal Services: CAFCASS: Applications For Reporting Restriction Orders) 18 March 2005, which is referred to as the CAFCASS Practice Note. Both of PD 12I and the

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