Jersey media to be told of 'private' court cases

Jersey's media will be told about court cases due to be held in private after a ruling from the island's Royal Court.

The Jersey Evening Post launched the action after it was not informed about a case and so could not challenge the ruling to hold it behind closed doors.

The court ruled where practical, the media should be informed of applications to hold cases in private.

Rob Shipley, the paper's deputy editor, said cases should be held in public apart from in exceptional cases.

He said in this situation the paper was satisfied with the court ruling that making the case public would have lead to sensitive material being published.

Mr Shipley said he thought the way this case had been handled had probably been an oversight rather than a deliberate attempt to block the media.

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