October 5, 2006
Court papers access challenge
Media and Law Society in Court over changes to CPR Part 5.4
The High Court today made an interim declaration that recent changes in Court rules allowing greater access to Court documents are for now to be treated as applying only to documents filed on or after 2nd October 2006.
Mr Justice Keith, in the Administrative Court, directed that a full hearing of the Law Society’s challenge to changes to the CPR should be heard on 2 November 2006.
Various media organisations (Guardian Newspapers, Times Newspapers, News Group, the Telegraph Group, Associated Newspapers, Independent Newspapers, the Financial Times, Mirror Group, Bloomberg, the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) were represented at today’s hearing, and were given permission to join the action as interested parties.
The interim declaration in practice extends the postponement of the new rules, obtained by urgent injunction by the Law Society on the eve of the rule changes. Documents filed before 2 October 2006 will be treated as continuing to be subject to the previous CPR 5.4 access provisions.
- Court files opened up to media – MediaGuardian
- Law Society gagging order stops journalists’ access to court documents – Press Gazette
- Law Society gags courts over new disclosure rules – Legal Week
- Court papers gagged by Law Society – The Times
- Media Groups fight court ruling on openness – MediaGuardian