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December 17, 2008

The Times claims victory in family courts reform

By martinabooth

The Times has claimed credit for Justice Secretary Jack Straw’s decision to open the family courts to journalists and allow them report on cases.

They have ‘campaigned vociferously” for the change, ‘arguing that keeping the media out of certain courts has led to miscarriages of justice.”

The paper has received correspondence from hundreds of people who have been gagged and rendered powerless to challenge the decisions of social workers and other experts.

Straw credited The Times for having brought the issue to his attention “more graphically than it otherwise would have done”.

“You have to deal with shedloads of issues in jobs like this … if something isn’t a particular issue at the time, you don’t go around searching for it. I commend The Times for running such a professional campaign,” he said.

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