“The Transparency Project aims to promote the publication of “balanced, accurate and accessible information about the work of family courts” and one of its key activities is to correct or explain cases which have been misreported in the media. Clearly, where a newspaper publishes skewed or inaccurate information about something a judge has said, and the judge himself is not in a position to complain, it should be possible for IPSO to take action against the newspaper in response to a complaint made by a group of lawyers or legal commentators, or other concerned individuals, who don’t happen to be the “directly affected” by the publication.
IPSO’s failure even to consider the complaint, in the example in which we were concerned, for reasons which don’t appear to chime with its own procedural rules, suggests it has some way to go in demonstrating that it is an effective regulator.”
There are many things wrong with the way the national press reports legal matters, especially matters relating to the Family Court and the Court of Protection. But they are not going to get better unless and until the so-called regulator, IPSO, takes firmer action to enforce the Editors Code of Practice.
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