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Care proceedings - Fact-finding decision - Guidance as to restriction on publication - Administration of Justice Act 1960 (8 & 9 Eliz 2, c 65), s 12 - FPR r 27.10

8 March 2016

In re W (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 113

CA: McFarlane , Macur , King LJJ

In care proceedings at which a fact-finding hearing was to be re-opened the judge made certain orders allowing for publicity and media attendance, including permitted publication of part of the previous fact-finding judgment and real time reporting. On the eve of the hearing the five children subject to the care proceedings appealed against the order focussing on the management of the process of publicity, seeking, inter alia, that references in the judgment to medical evidence be removed. Eight media organisations opposed the appeal.

On the appeal-

Held, appeal allowed. The modern law in relation to the confidentiality of proceedings relating to children was contained principally in section 12 of the Administration of Justice Act 1960, as amend...

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