Criminal law

By William Turvill 25 November 13:17
The government's interception of communications regulator has confirmed that Police Scotland unlawfully accessed phone records to find journalistic sources without judicial approval. The communications data of four individuals was improperly obtained, but the force has said no journalists' records were targeted.
By PA Media Lawyer 24 November 15:53
Scott Chapman, 44, of Corby, Northamptonshire, was due for retrial at the Old Bailey but at the 11th hour admitted a charge of misconduct in a public office between 1 March 2010 20 and June 2011.
By William Turvill 23 November 14:37
Cleveland Police has been accused of using the phone records of a Northern Echo journalist to identify a member of the public as a source.
By PA Mediapoint 20 November 13:00
Two former prison officers have been jailed for leaking information to tabloid newspapers about notorious inmates.
By Dominic Ponsford 18 November 14:45
Men’s magazine GQ is facing a substantial fine after committing contempt of court by publishing a seriously prejudicial article during the hacking trial. Fortunately for publisher Conde Nast and editor Dylan Jones, the article was not read by any jurors. If it had been, Lord Thomas – the Lord Chief Justice – ruled today that it could have led to the jury being discharged and the whole trial being abandoned to be held again.
By Adam Tudor and Isabella Piasecka 18 November 11:29
As the law stands, arrested persons have no absolute right to anonymity.
By William Turvill 16 November 13:01
Cleveland Police has been accused of accessing the phone records of three regional newspaper journalists.
By PA Mediapoint and Press Gazette 13 November 15:28
A former prison officer from top security HMP Belmarsh in south-east London has been found guilty of leaking stories about celebrity inmates to the Daily Mirror over six years.
By Dominic Ponsford 10 November 17:23
A former detective chief superintendent of the Met Police has been cleared nearly four years after he was arrested on suspicion of giving information to a journalist.
By Dominic Ponsford 06 November 10:18
Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has condemned as “disgraceful” a judge’s decision to jail a former prison officer who sold stories to the tabloid.
By PA Mediapoint 06 November 9:23
A prison officer from top security HMP Belmarsh made nearly £20,000 from leaking information about "notorious" inmates including So Solid Crew rapper Megaman to the Daily Mirror, a court was told today.
By William Turvill 05 November 11:10
Media lawyer Gavin Millar QC has expressed several concerns over the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which was laid before Parliament yesterday.
By PA Media Lawyer 04 November 8:37
A former prison officer has been jailed for 12 months for selling stories about George Michael's time behind bars to The Sun.
By PA Mediapoint 30 October 9:59
The first appearance of Mazher Mahmood takes place today at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.
By William Turvill 30 October 9:00
The BBC has condemned the Terrorism Act for not allowing it to mount a freedom of speech defence after police applied for a reporter's laptop.
By William Turvill 29 October 14:04
The BBC did not contest the police application for its reporter's laptop, Press Gazette has learned.
By PA Media Lawyer 28 October 13:37

A local newspaper has succeeded in a challenge to an order which would have stopped it identifying a man who stole £25,000 from a charity appeal intended to pay for his daughter to have surgery in the United States.

By William Turvill 26 October 9:25
It has been widely reported is Scotland that the police force was one of two that secretly obtained journalistic phone records under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, without judicial approval after the law was changed to prevent this is March.
By PA Mediapoint 22 October 10:08
Mohammed Rasool has been in prison for nearly eight weeks. He was detained while serving as a fixer for two British journalists for Vice News covering the conflict in Turkey's Kurdish south-east.
By William Turvill 22 October 8:48
On being given a two-month suspended sentence for phone-hacking, the Old Bailey heard that campaign group Hacked Off and The Guardian's Nick Davies, who exposed the hacking scandal, had provided positive witness statements for the former Sunday Mirror investigations editor.