Family courts open

Calls for greater transparency in the family justice system have been heeded: the media will be able to access and report legal proceedings in all levels of family courts, following Justice Secretary Jack Straw’s announcement last month. Parties cannot be named, but there should be no restriction on naming social workers or medical experts unless it could lead to the identification of the parties, Straw told the Times. Courts will be able to restrict or relax reporting rules if an individual case allows this.