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Book to help explain court restrictions

12th October 2011

This has been a source of great frustration for many journalists given that the Court of Protection has, on account of its power to make life and death decisions in certain cases, become something of a mysterious, even mythical, institution, with most cases held secretly and without public scrutiny.

However, help is now at hand in the form of a newly published guide called “The Family Courts: Media Access & Reporting, July 2011”.

The guide aims to provide explanation and clarification of the various restrictions affecting both The Family Court and The Court of Protection, particularly in relation to section 12 of the Administration of Justice Act 1960, Section 97 of the Children Act 1989, and Section 1 of the Judicial Proceedings (Restriction on Reports) Act 1926.

It also provides guidance on important aspects of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and the Court of Protection Rules 2007.

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