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Committee examines the future of court reporting in changing media landscape

8 November 2021

The Justice Committee examines the future of court reporting on Tuesday 9 November as it continues its inquiry into open justice.

Purpose of the session

Long-term changes to the media landscape combined with the growth of social media and instant reporting have raised questions about how court cases are reported. The Covid-19 pandemic and increased use of new technologies to facilitate court proceedings raised further questions around how well access to courts was protected and supported.

In this evidence session the Justice Committee will hear from court reporters about the role of the media in the wider justice system, the challenges they face in reporting and what more can be done to support open justice. The Committee will also examine how data about court proceedings in England and Wales can be improved, both in terms of publicising hearings and ensuring that judgements are easily accessible.


Tuesday 9 November 2021

At 2.30pm:

  • Emily Pennink, Old Bailey Correspondent, Press Association
  • Maeve McClenaghan, Journalist, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Dr Judith Townend, Senior lecturer in media and information law, University of Sussex

Further information

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