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Court of Protection cases 'could be more open'

By Wesleyan

Journalists should have more access to important cases regarding sick and vulnerable people in the Court of Protection, according to a new report.

Academics from Cardiff University's School of Law and Politics are calling on the judiciary to allow the media more information about such cases, which are often held in private.

Not allowing reporters access to certain cases allows the identity of vulnerable people involved in them to be protected and judges have the power to restrict what the media can report about them.

Following a conference of judges, lawyers and media representatives, the university's Phil Fennell, Lucy Series, Julie Doughty and Luke Clements wrote the Transparency In The Court Of Protection report.

It describes the "delicate balance" between open justice and the right to privacy.

Everyone at the conference was of the opinion that the Court of Protection should be more transparent, but many were worried about the harm that could be caused by revealing details about people's private lives in the media, they wrote.

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