The President has invited a small panel to assist him in this task.
The panel members are:
Submissions on the following questions are likely to be of particular value:
– is the line currently drawn correctly between, on the one hand, the need for confidentiality for the parties and children whose personal information may be the subject of proceedings in the Family Court, and, on the other hand, the need for the public to have confidence in the work that these courts undertake on behalf of the State and society?
– if not, what steps should be taken to achieve either greater openness or increased confidentiality?
– any observations on the Practice Guidance: Family Court- Anonymisation Guidance issued by the President on 7 December 2018 and the President’s Guidance as to reporting in the Family Courts, issued on 29 October 2019. Please see links to this Guidance below:
Responses can be submitted to the President’s Private Office by 2 March.