Practice Direction (Applications for Reporting Restriction Orders)

Reference: [2005] 2 FLR 120

Court: Family Division

Judge: Butler-Sloss P

Date of judgment: 18 Mar 2005

Summary: Family Division - Reporting Restriction Orders - Applications in High Court - Notifying Respondents - Without Notice Orders - s.12 Human Rights Act 1998

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Practice Direction issued by the President of the Family Division with the concurrence and approval of the Lord Chancellor.


Practice on applications for injunctions to restrain publication.


(1) Applications to be made in the High Court only; cases in the County Court must be transferred; and (2) Applications for injunctions against the media at large should be served by the PA’s CopyDirect service;


This – together with the Practice Note issued on the same day – now forms the basis of the procedure to be adopted in seeking reporting restriction orders in the Family Division.