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Divorce - Ancillary relief - Whether hearing to be conducted in public or in private - FPR rr 27.10, 27.11

14 October 2015

DL v SL [2015] EWHC 2621 (Fam); [2015] WLR (D) 391

Fam D: Mostyn J:

27 July 2015

FPR r 27.10 incorporated a strong starting point or presumption, which should not be derogated from unless there was a compelling reason, that ancillary relief proceedings should be heard in private. The law concerning the presence of the media in such proceedings, contained in FPR r 27.11 and Practice Direction PD27B: Attendance of Media Representatives at Hearings in Family Proceedings, was to enable the press to be the eyes and ears of the public so as to ensure that the case was conducted fairly and to enable the public to be educated in an abstract and general way about the processes that were deployed, but did not extend to breaching the privacy of the parties in those proceedings that Parliament had given to them.

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