Guide: Reporting restrictions for criminal courts

Reviewed November 2019

NUJ members who cover criminal court proceedings, whether in person or not, need to be aware of the latest guidance for the media, and for judges, to minimise  the likelihood of being in contempt of court, facing defamation claims or disciplinary proceedings at work.

These guidelines apply to written articles, broadcasting, photography and social media.

They have been produced by the Judicial College which is responsible for the training of the judiciary in England and Wales, in collaboration with the Media Lawyers Association, the Society of Editors and NS, the voice of local media (now merged with the Newspaper Publishers’ Association to form NMA, the News Media Association).

You can down load this guide from the NUJ main website.

On the same page there is a link to the NUJ Legal Support website page if you run into difficulties.


Written by David Banks, Media Law Consultant and Trainer. David runs the Law, Ethics and Copyright workshops for NUJ Training Wales.

Written By...

David Banks

David Banks is a journalist with 24 years’ experience and delivers NUJ Training Wales’ course on Media Law and Ethics. He is a media consultant delivering training to a range of national and regional media, NGOs, government, charities, PR companies, universities and the police. He is a trainer who has created and managed successful courses in journalism, media law and production journalism. He was co-author of 18th, 19th and 20th editions of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists. He writes regularly on law and the media for The Guardian, The Mirror and The Independent. He is a frequent contributor BBC TV and radio news programmes.


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