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Pilot Courts announced for reporting judgments

Judgments to be reported from Leeds, Cardiff & Wolverhampton in 12 month pilot

The Ministry of Justice has announced that selected judgments will, as of now be reported, from Leeds magistrates' court and Cardiff county and magistrates' court as part of a pilot scheme to further open up the family justice system.

The pilot scheme will run for 12 months, with Wolverhampton also reporting judgments from January, before the MoJ decides whether to roll out the scheme nationally.

Under the pilot the following types of cases may be considered for publication:

(i) an interim care/supervision order or a final order has been made at a hearing in either


(ii) the case falls under at least one of the following categories

There will be other types of case in which publication of the judgment will be encouraged. The type of cases include:

The judgments will be reported on BAILII ( after they have been approved by the judge.

At the same time, the MoJ reiterated that there will also be legislation in the forthcoming Parliamentary session allowing the reporting of the substance of proceedings by the media.

The full announcement is available on the MoJ website here.