But High Court then publishes full transcript of private family hearing
Very little is said about the facts and about the parties in all this, and I support the reasons for that. But Having been involved personally in a case with similar difficulties as those disclosed, I can see no valid reason for press interest when for some centuries we have enjoyed effective and impartial Law Reporting. Judges are perfectly able to resolve the truth without pressure from press involvement. That’s my opinion.
For Reform to be delivered effectively, it has to be sown into the fabric of the system. Rules and PD are the foundation but are not sufficient. They need to be understood, practised and the tools must be effective to work efficiently. The Transparency Pilot looks like a systemic way to deliver effective change. I hope all Judges have the opportunity to learn and apply it in the near future. My greater hope is that we have the journalists able to report upon it based upon prior notice or descriptions of hearings and prompt access to relevant material.