Today the Society of Editors conducted its final court reporting roundtable discussion for 2019 in Manchester.
Delegates from media outlets that cover regional news in Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Lancashire joined various members from Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) alongside the Society of Editors for its largest roundtable discussion to date.
The lunchtime meeting, held in association with the Manchester Evening News is part of an ongoing series of roundtable events hosting those from the regional media and the courts from various locations in the UK to discuss methods of effective court reporting.
The tour is part of a wider effort to promote open justice and media access to court proceedings and aims to build upon the recent work undertaken at national level to streamline and update the guidelines issued to court staff on working with the media.
The event, aptly hosted in the home of MediaCityUk, was jointly chaired by HMCTS CEO Susan Acland-Hood and Executive Director of the Society of Editors, Ian Murray.
The Society of Editors Executive Director, Ian Murray commented “Once again this proved to be an extremely valuable event in bringing together the media and representatives from the Courts and Tribunal Services at the local level to discuss how the relationship between these two essential elements of open justice can continue to work together”.
The full guidance issued to HMCTS staff in conjunction with the Society of Editors can be accessed here.
The Society is currently planning its next roundtable event due to be staged in London in the new year.