The media often seek comment from people involved in matters before the court. Criminal matters often excite a high level of public interest.
It is important to remember that you are never required to speak to the media regardless of how demanding or persistent their requests may be. Comments made to the media have the capacity to impact ongoing police investigations or court proceedings. For this reason, it is advisable in most cases to avoid talking to the media altogether or to leave any media dealings to your lawyer.
Lawyers are restricted by their professional rules from making comments about their cases, whilst they are before the court. Rule 28 of the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules state that: “A solicitor must not publish or take steps towards the publication of any material concerning current proceedings which may prejudice a fair trial or the administration of justice.” This is because commenting can affect a fair trial.
If you do wish to speak to the media it is important to obtain legal advice on what you wish to say beforehand. We are able to manage, as far as is possible, the media aspects of your matter. Although it is not possible to avoid negative media coverage, we are able to manage the process to protect your interests.