Normal service will resume shortly

This week has been a bit full on – a heady mix of trips to London for important stuff with interesting people, and children who keep leaking from one end or the other, both unexpectedly and in memorable ways and places. So if I may, I will simply hit and run, and signpost you on to those with time to say what I would have said if I had the time.

On the 5th April, The Transparency Project held a panel discussion at Gresham College, London. entitled ‘Reporting Family Courts – are we doing it justice?’. At that event we launched our Media Guide for journalists who are interested in reporting on such matters. It was, if I may say so myself, a blimmin’ good evening and I’m really pleased we had the cojones to put it on. The panel* and chair were fandabbydozy. And I don’t say that lightly.

So far the event has been written up by Penelope Gibbs of Transform Justice here :

How to increase trust in the family justice system

and by Michael Cross for the Law Society Gazette here :

Family courts: reporting a greater truth

[Update : also see here from ICLR : Event: Reporting the family courts?—?are we doing it justice?

And This week in fostering blog : Family Court report: could do better]

There were some other super journalisty types there, so I’m hoping that some of them will also write something in due course, but we’ll have to wait and see – what is interesting to me is not always it seems the stuff of good headlines…

Some of the tweets from the night have also been storified here.

There will be a recording of the event posted online in due course, at The Transparency Project.


* I was on the panel, but I’m not referring to me, I’m just pleased I didn’t accidentally swear, fall off my seat or put my foot in my mouth.

2 thoughts on “Normal service will resume shortly

  1. Winston Smith


    I take it you will want to censor this one.

    “Peek a boo I can’t see you
    Everythings loooking grand.
    Peekaboo I can’t see you.
    I’ve buried my head in the sand.”

    I am hearing of a stream of cases, which apart fro injustice reveal the most blatant breach of rules and procedures by Family Court judges.

    The most fundamental reform is required.

    Not less and less accurate reporting by the media and more and more favourable ones claiming there aren’t really any problems.

    • No need to censor it. I only edit if there are legal reasons for doing so (defamation, contempt etc) or if something is grossly offensive.

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