Brisbane: (07) 3221 4999
Gold Coast: (07) 5532 3133
24 Hour Crime Line: 0488 999 980 or 18004POTTS
Brisbane
Level 1/420 George St,
Brisbane 4000
(07) 3221 4999
Gold Coast
44 Davenport St,
Southport 4215
(07) 5532 3133
24 Hour Crime Line
0488 999 980 or 18004POTTS

Facebook


Instagram

Twitter


Linkedin

YouTube

 

Former president of Queensland’s Law Society Bill Potts responds to the media being blocked by the court.

Potts Lawyers > General Law News  > Former president of Queensland’s Law Society Bill Potts responds to the media being blocked by the court.

Former president of Queensland’s Law Society Bill Potts responds to the media being blocked by the court.

“Not every member of the public can be in the court at all, so we rely upon a fair and proper media to come along to provide clarity to provide reporting to tell us what occurred and why it occurred.”

A Magistrate recently ruled against media presence in the courtroom for a mention hearing relating to the teenager charged over the tragic deaths of Kate Leadbetter and Matt Fields on Australia Day. There is a general principle that the court is open to the public and the media. However, in the Children’s Court jurisdiction there are special exceptions which balance the interests of the child and afford them protections to promote their rehabilitation and these matters are often heard in closed court. Difficulties arise where judicial officers have a discretion to allow the media into the courtroom but the guidelines and reasons as to how that discretion should be exercised are not always clear.

See the article here

 

Photo of Bill Potts

No Comments

Leave a Comment