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Let there be light

The lack of transparency in the family courts is preventing practitioners and the law from progressing, say Kate Landells and Jemma Thomas

16 December 2014

When it comes to transparency in the family courts, Sir James Munby made his position clear in guidance on transparency published earlier this year: “I am determined to take steps to improve access to and reporting of family proceedings.”

In Rapisarda v Colladon [2014] EWFC 1406, the Judicial Proceedings (Regulation of Reports) Act 1926 (the 1926 Act) did not thwart his mission to improve and develop transparency in the family courts. The 1926 Act prohibits, in section 1(b), the press from reporting anything in divorce, nullity and judicial separation proceedings other than:

  • the names, addresses and occupations of the parties and witnesses;
  • a concise statem...

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