Documents and rulings

Media coverage of the Inquests

10 April 2014: The Coroner said the following:  “On 11 February 2014 I made the following statement which is on the website:  “The Inquests are shortly to begin. The case will be heard by a jury.  They must decide it solely on the evidence they hear in court. It is of fundamental importance that the proceedings are reported accurately and in a balanced way.  Nothing, whether by way of comment or otherwise, should be published, including by way of online commentary or social networking sites, which could run the risk of prejudicing the outcome of the proceedings.  The Coroner has the power to refer anything published to the Attorney General if, in his view, it may amount to a contempt of court.”  I add:  “This applies equally now that the Inquests have begun.  I just want to underline that it applies equally to blogs as it does to any other sort of publication.  I will say no more than that.”

2 April 2014:  The Coroner has made the following variation to the order under the Contempt of Court Act 1981 in relation to the hearings on 31 March 2014 and 2 April 2014:

2 April 2014:  The Coroner has today drawn attention to the importance of the confidentiality undertaking which is signed by those who receive documents from the Inquests Team.  A copy of the form of undertaking is below:

31 March 2014:  The Coroner has made the following orders under the Contempt of Court Act 1981 in relation to the hearing on 31 March 2014:

In the light of this, the transcripts of the hearing on 31 March have not been published.

27 March 2014:  The Coroner has made the following order under the Contempt of Court Act 1981 in relation to the pre-inquest hearing of 27 March 2014: Contempt of Court Act 1981 Order and Agenda 27 3 14.  In the light of this, the transcripts of the preliminary hearing on 27 March have not been published.

10 March 2014:  The Attorney General issued an advisory note asking people to take care when commenting before the Inquests start.  A copy can be found here.

11 February 2014:  Having considered media coverage following the hearing on 5 February 2014, the Coroner made the following statement:

“The Inquests are shortly to begin.  The case will be heard by a jury.  They must decide it solely on the evidence they hear in court.  It is of fundamental importance that the proceedings are reported accurately and in a balanced way.  Nothing (whether by way of comment or otherwise) should be published (including by way of online commentary or social networking sites) which could run the risk of prejudicing the outcome of the proceedings.

The Coroner has the power to refer anything published to the Attorney General if, in his view, it may amount to a contempt of court.”

 

Ruling given on 07 October 2013

Ruling given on 10 June 2013

Rulings given on 02 May 2013

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