Areas of work
Reporting the Courts
It is often difficult to balance the rights of individuals to a fair hearing whilst ensuring that justice is open and the public are aware of what is happening in our courts. On occasions when the press feel that an order is too restrictive or inhibiting members of 5RB are instructed to challenge such orders.
Barristers from 5RB are frequently instructed to apply to lift reporting restrictions imposed by the Crown and Magistrates Courts (in relation to criminal proceedings), the Family Courts, the Employment Tribunal, the High Court and before Judicial Inquiries and Tribunals.
5RB barristers may also be instructed to seek restrictions on access to and the reporting of court documents and/or proceedings; for example where such reporting may threaten an individual’s right to privacy or confidentiality, or where the publicity might defeat the object of the hearing.