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Jack Straw to ask FPR Committee to consider further access for media

Minister for Justice announces further reform on court transparency

Jack Straw, the Secretary of State for Justice, is to ask the FPR Committee to consider whether rules can be made to allow journalists to report the substance of children’s cases.

The move, which was announced in a press release last week, is apparently in addition to the proposed legislation announced for the Improving Schools and Safeguarding Children Bill, which is subject to consultation in the recently announced Draft Legislative Programme. 

The plans hope to "build" on the new rules that came into force in April and, according to the Minister

"Allowing the substance of children’s cases to be reported in more detail will lead to greater transparency in the family justice system, resulting in greater public confidence in the excellent service that it provides."

The full press release can be found on the MoJ website.