Request for the Facilities to accommodate the Press and Public at the Central Criminal Court (old Bailey)

Emmy Butlin made this Freedom of Information request to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Dear Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service,

I would be very grateful if you provided me with the following information regarding
arrangements and procedures for members of the press and members of the public
attending proceedings at the Central Criminal Court:

1. How many Court Rooms exist
2. What are specific arrangements for the Press attending a court hearing

How many members of the press can be accommodated inside the court rooms , per court room.

What is the process they have to follow to attend the court hearing.

Can the Press live tweet during the court hearing.

Is there a ticketing system to regulate how many members of the press can attend the court hearing. Who should the press write to to get access to the court hearings.

3. What are the specific arrangements for members of the Public attending a court hearing. Members of the public include: family members, current and former politicians, members of the press who cannot get into the area for the press due to space limitations, general public.

How many members of the public can be accommodated inside court rooms, per court room. What is the process the public has to follow to attend the court hearing.

Is there a ticketing process to regulate the members of public entering the public gallery.

Can the public take notes during the court hearing.
Can the public live tweet during the court hearing.

4. Are there rooms at Central Criminal Court with live feed broadcast linking up to the Court rooms where the press and or members of the public can follow court proceedings without being physically inside the court room. If yes what is their capacity.

5. What is the area outside the court where the press and camera crews can set up and do their filming?

6. What is the area outside the court where the press and public can hear and film the Defence Lawyers making statements at the end of each day of a court hearing.

7. What are the exact arrangements the court is putting in place to accommodate the high interest among press and public in the Julian Assange US Extradition Case scheduled to be heard in September 2020.

8. There will be a high number of people who wish to await outside the court during proceedings.

Please specify the exact location where these members of the public can congregate safely.”

Yours faithfully,

Emmy Butlin

LondonKILO, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Dear Emmy Butlin,

 

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Dear Ms Butlin

We apologise for the delay in our response. Thank you for your e-mail, I am writing to advise you that your enquiry does not fall under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) regime and has been rejected by the Disclosure Team.

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Dear Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service's handling of my FOI request 'Request for the Facilities to accommodate the Press and Public at the Central Criminal Court (old Bailey)'.

Your response to my FOIA was to advise me that it falls outside the FOIA remit. I filed exactly the same request in relation to Belmarsh Magistrates Court and that FOIA you answered in full. Please see here:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/6...

Please review your decision not to answer my FOIA or explain why one court is different from the other.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...

Yours faithfully,

Emmy Butlin

Disclosure Team, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Dear Emmy Butlin,

 

Please see attached the acknowledgement to your FOI request.

 

 

Regards,

 

Knowledge and Information Liaison Officer

Knowledge and Information Liaison Unit | London Regional Support Unit |
3^rd Floor | First Avenue House | 42-49 High Holborn | London | WC1V 6NP |
DX160010 Kingsway 7

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Dear Ms Butlin,

 

Please see attached our response to your FOI request.

 

Regards,

 

Knowledge and Information Liaison Officer

Knowledge and Information Liaison Unit | London Regional Support Unit |
3^rd Floor | First Avenue House | 42-49 High Holborn | London | WC1V 6NP |
DX160010 Kingsway 7

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[1]Here is how HMCTS uses personal data about you

 

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[2]Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation

 

 

 

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