Guidance to Judges and Magistrates on public speaking, article writing, education outreach, and blogging

Ben Liddicott made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Justice

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

I note that Magistrates have been issued guidance that states they MUST NOT write blogs or comment on blogs while identifying themselves as Magistrates, in the terms "offic[e] holders who blog (or who post comments on other people’s blogs) must not identify themselves as members of the judiciary." Yet senior Judges who give speeches identify themselves as Judges, and we are all the better for that.

With that in mind, I make this request:

Please forward the text of the recent guidance issued to Magistrates and to any other members of the Judiciary on the subject of blogging and commenting on blogs or related matters. Please include the name of the person who authorised or caused the guidance to be issued.

Please also forward any and all currently effective guidance issued on the subject of speech making, writing of articles for newspapers, and other public education or outreach efforts, including blogging, by any members of the judiciary including magistrates.

Finally, please forward minutes or notes of any internal or interdeparmental or other meeting or discussion with any other person (including email exchanges) where the same were discussed, in particular where any difference between the two sets of guidance (or absence of guidance) is discussed or justified, where the proportionality of such guidance is discussed or where the legality of the guidance or the compliance of guidance with principles of openness, human rights, international law, or with the reasonable expectations of the general public were concerned.

I appreciate that the third request will take longer to fulfil so I would be grateful if you would forward the first two at the soonest opportunity.

The return address of this email is the address for correspondance to be used for this purpose.

Yours faithfully,
Mr Ben Liddicott

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I would be grateful if you would acknowledge receipt of my message of the 9th August.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Liddicott

Hiden, Geoff,

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Dear Mr Liddicott
 
I attach an acknowledgement of you requested dated 9 August 2012.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
Geoff Hiden | HR Policy & Projects Advisor | Judicial Office | 10D |
Thomas More Building | Royal Courts of Justice |Strand |London |WC2A 2LL|
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Dear Mr Liddicott,
 
I attach a response to your FOI request, dated 9 August 2012. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
Geoff Hiden | HR Policy & Projects Advisor | Judicial Office | 10D |
Thomas More Building | Royal Courts of Justice |Strand |London |WC2A 2LL|
[1]www.judiciary.gov.uk
 
 

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