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President continues exclusion of media from celebrity contact case

Judgment published on Child X

Sir Mark Potter, The President of the Family Division, has upheld an order excluding media access to hear contact proceedings, for the time being, involving

"a “celebrity” in that he is, and has for many years been, the subject of a high level of press attention and media interest by reason of his success the public arena. His life and activities are frequently the subject of report both here and abroad.

X lives with the respondent mother who is less well known in her own right but is herself the subject of considerable media interest by reason of her relationship with the father, as indeed is X."

Though the order remained in place, he also comments that

“By way of general observation it is important to make the following matters clear. First, private law family cases concerning the children of celebrities are no different in principle from those involving the children of anyone else. An application by a celebrity who happens also to be a parent who is unable to agree with a former spouse or partner over the appropriate arrangements for their child(ren) is not governed by any principle or assumption more favourable to the privacy of the celebrity than that applied to any other parent caught up in the court process.”

The judgment in is available now on the Family Law Week site here.