Judiciary and Lawyers: discussion of cases

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Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

Please provide the policy, guidance or practice direction or similar information regarding the discussion of cases between the judiciary and lawyers without the party [or representative] or anyone else being present.

I understood that, by some law, individual cases and its private details could not be discussed without the other party present.

example of discussion held [not transcribed]
MS NAYLOR: May I ask your Honour, are you going to deal with the case of ?Baby Prethero tomorrow?
MS NAYLOR: Thank you.
HHJ PARRY: [Discussion regarding other case] Thank you very much.

Please provide any information in electronic format.

Yours faithfully,

Gwynne Davies

Carr, Simon,

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Dear Carr, Simon,

Thanks for your response.

I presume the case under discussion was a family proceedings case as it involved a baby.

However, if your response is correct that there is no guidance [or prohibition] it appears that lawyers privately or otherwise discussing cases with judges is not prohibited [and in legal terms permitted?].

Yours sincerely,

Gwynne Davies

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