Opening Up the Irish Secret Family Courts

The blanket ban of reporting Family Law Court proceedings is being lifted for the first time in Ireland. However, there are many provisos and with strict ban on any publications that details the identification of any individuals.

There are a lot of questions as to how it will work in practice and what the effect will be on individuals making or retracting false allegations and conversely being afraid to publicly make allegations that are justified.

Judges will consider several factors including the best interests of a child; the extent to which the presence of the media might inhibit or cause undue distress to a party or a child; and the need to protect a party against coercion, intimidation or harassment.

And other factors a judge will consider include; financial, commercial, medical and sexual orientation matters of privacy.

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