Research and analysis

Contempt of Court: court reporting

Contempt of Court (2): court reporting looks at the accurate contemporary reporting of the content of legal proceedings taking place in public in criminal courts.

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Contempt of Court (2): court reporting

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The Law Commission has published this report explaining and setting out recommendations in the area of court reporting.

The recommendations would:

  • Ensure that court reporting postponement orders are all posted on a single publicly accessible website (a similar website currently operates in Scotland).
  • Include a further restricted service where, for a charge, registered users could find out the detail of the reporting restriction and could sign up for automated email alerts of new orders
  • Greatly reduce their risk of contempt for publishers, from large media organisations to individual bloggers, and enable them to comply with the court’s restrictions or report proceedings to the public with confidence.

This report is part of the Contempt of Court project.

Further information on the Law Commission’s Contempt of Court project is available on the Law Commission website.

Published 26 March 2014