Reporting the Courts


Journalists often go to court to report on the cases being heard. When they are there, a reporter will take notes, recording the trial. Journalists use these notes to make sure that their reports are accurate. A newspaper can use these notes as evidence that they took care to make sure that their article was accurate.

You can find a growing collection of Reporting the Courts posts on the LLTT Blog.

Court Reporting: What to Expect- Independent Press Standards Organisation

Journalists are allowed to go to court and report anything which is said or given as evidence in court.

Journalists are generally allowed to print certain information about people who go to court or give evidence, including their address and a photo of them.

Journalists must follow the rules set by the Editors’ Code of Practice (the Code).

Journalists are allowed to choose what information they want to report, and do not have to report everything which has been said in court.

-From the  publication: "Court Reporting- What to Expect"


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