Court secrecy fears raised after judge grants mass gagging order

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More fears over court room secrecy were raised yesterday when it emerged a judge has banned journalists from approaching 65 people with a new gaging order.

The case relates to a mother who wants to withdraw life support from her daughter who suffers from brain damage.

As highlighted in The Telegraph yesterday, the judge made an injunction banning approaches to every witness in the case, as well as a ban on approaching several addresses of the main parties.

Reporters were warned they risk being fined or even jailed if they broke the order.

The order was made in the Court of Protection. According to The Telegraph report:

Legal experts said they had never seen the press restricted in such a way, in powers usually used to protect vulnerable women from ex-partners or keep animal rights protesters away from scientists.

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