Media gain access to care case

Latest ruling on family court privacy

The President of the Family Division today ruled that the media may report details from a care case following the abduction of the child involved.


The case had attracted press attention after the child’s stepfather was imprisoned for assisting in the abduction of the child, who remains abroad with his mother.


However the local authority, Medway Council, won an order preventing further information about the child being sought or published.


After an application by The Times, the President of the Family Division ruled that it was in the public interest that further details from the case be released. He also permitted The Times to interview the stepfather, and dismissed Medway’s application for an order preventing them from being named.


5RB’s Adam Wolanski appeared for Times Newspapers Limited.