Michael Edwards explores the complexities of broadcasting family hearings in a renewed quest to boost transparency

Family hearings in the Court of Appeal (CoA) are to be live streamed this year for the first time, as the government and judiciary seek to increase transparency in the family justice system. 

Given that some commentators have criticised the family court in recent years for its supposed reluctance to grant access to the public, the decision to live stream will not have been taken lightly. 

High-profile family judgments have always made news headlines and the past year has been no exception. Cases focusing on issues as diverse as Islamic marriage, access to fertility records and transgender identity have all attracted media attention in the past 12 months. 

These matters are clearly of public interest and g...

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