DO YOU WANT TO BE A LEGAL BLOGGER? A TRAINING EVENT BY ZOOM – 5th FEBRUARY 2023
The Transparency Project is looking for legal bloggers, training will be provided Full details of the project can be found here.
THE NEW INITIATIVE
“At the end of January 2023, a new reporting pilot will launch in three courts (Leeds, Cardiff and Carlisle). It will effectively reverse the presumption against the reporting of children cases, and will enable journalists and legal bloggers who attend hearings in those courts to publish accounts of what they have seen, read and heard.”
A LEGAL BLOGGER DEFINED
“A legal blogger is not just a person who blogs about the law. The FPR 2010 now specifically recognises legal bloggers (the FPR uses the term: ‘duly authorised lawyer’) as a qualified lawyer who is not involved in the case, but who attends a hearing for journalistic, research or public legal educational reasons. These lawyers have been allowed to attend hearings just like journalists since 2018 (initially via a pilot, latterly via FPR r. 27.11). Just like journalists, legal bloggers have only been able to report on the cases they observe if they make an application to the court for permission to report, which is usually a daunting prospect. In the pilot courts, that barrier will now be removed, making the idea of attending court as an observer with a view to reporting much less daunting
THE TRAINING EVENT ON THE 2nd FEBRUARY 2023
“Join our training event on 2 February 2023 to find out more. Read our recently updated dedicated legal blogging page to see what our legal blogging output to date looks like.
The event will be hosted on Zoom at 5.30pm on 2 February 2022. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.”