Transparency in the family courts
Transparency in the family courts

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Transparency in the family courts
  • Purpose of the guidance
  • Judgments that must ordinarily be published
  • Judgments that may be published
  • Jigsaw identification
  • To which judgments does the guidance apply?
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • How will parties in published judgments be referred to?
  • Who will carry out the anonymisation of the judgment?
  • Access to reported judgments
  • More...

Transparency in the family courts

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in England and Wales during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice, which profoundly affects normal practice, including requirements for the majority of family hearings to be dealt with remotely. For details about the changes to court processes and procedures during this time, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers. In addition, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription). This Practice Note sets out the procedure prior to the pandemic and during this period of disruption to the justice system, practitioners should be aware that local practice may vary.

The President of the Family Division issued Practice Guidance (Transparency in the Family Courts) [2014] Lexis Citation 3 on 16 January 2014 regarding the publication of judgments following a consultation. The guidance took effect from 3 February 2014. The President also issued separate guidance regarding the Court of Protection. See also Practice Note: Media access to family proceedings and in particular: Media access to family proceedings — Case law. In August 2014 the President issued a further consultation. The issues on which views were sought were:

  1. the impact of increased transparency on

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