The quotes below stem from the barrister who defended Peter Hain MP in Ireland in April 2012:
- Criticism of judges or of judicial decisions does not in itself constitute contempt of court.
- The fair criticism of judges and judicial decisions is not only quite clearly a right, there are also occasions when there may be a duty to do it.
- “Citizens are entitled to have confidence in the administration of justice, they should not be improperly deprived of this entitlement or have it endangered.”
I am putting them here now, because I need to assert my motivation for taking a stand against child abuse by producing ‘web publicity’. It is clearly insufficient and needs mainstream media as well, as long as
- children get abused in care but don’t have access to justice; instead, contact with their parents is even more reduced, if not stopped, as in the Musa case or one I’m currently aware of in Wales
- mainstream media simply publicise anybody’s press release, without checking both sides of a story
- injunction orders, falsified by Legal Teams without wet ink signature or court stamps, let alone court hearings, prevent web publishers of child abuse from publishing anything, supposedly ‘in the interest of the child’, while their Social Services advertise the same children for adoption, so that parents, relatives and neighbours recognise their children advertised
- the Secrecy of Family Courts is maintained as one of the aspects that are unique in the UK, where 1,000 children a month are currently placed in ‘care’
- in the age of video technologies, taking notes is banned and recording court proceedings is illegal.
The latest article by Christopher Booker in The Telegraph is an interesting account of the power struggles that are going on between
- secret family courts and families who are deprived of their children
- judges abusing the law and its enforcement in prisons
- journalists and judges
- or publicity and injustice.
The good news is: Vicky Haigh is freed – despite telling her story to the press!!! Now the question is: when will she see her older daughter again???
- Scandalising a judge may no longer be an offence (guardian.co.uk)