Criminal law

Andy Coulson (Reuters)
By Dominic Ponsford 22 April 16:47
Former tabloid editor Andy Coulson "rubber-stamped" a payment to a royal source for a story, despite being warned by a colleague that being caught could end up with both parties in court, he told the phone-hacking trial. The ex-No 10 spin doctor said he "failed to address" his own suspicions about the reporter, who was asking for the cash to pay the source.
By Press Association and Press Gazette 17 April 12:15
Paranoia over leaks rather than hacking at the News of the World prompted Andy Coulson to send an e-mail ordering: "Do his phone", jurors at the trial were told yesterday.
By William Turvill 17 April 8:42
The complaints of Neelam Desai led to Gareth Davies being served with a “prevention of harassment” notice by Metropolitan Police officers, who came to the Advertiser’s Red Hill office.
By Press Association and Press Gazette 16 April 14:00
Coulson told the Old Bailey trial he initially called a halt to the story in 2004 but later changed his mind and confronted Mr Blunkett about it.
By Press Association and Press Gazette 15 April 16:39
Andy Coulson said he would have turned down Edward Snowden's leaked information if he had been offered it when he was editor of the News of the World.
By Press Association and Press Gazette 15 April 15:44
Andy Coulson today denied he was a bully and "absolutely rejected" that there was a culture of bullying at the News of the World while he was editor.
By Press Association and Press Gazette 15 April 12:49
He did not know the practice was illegal but would have regarded it as "intrusive" and "lazy journalism", he told the jury at the Old Bailey hacking trial.
By Press Association and Press Gazette 15 April 11:48
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson told the hacking trial his affair with Rebekah Brooks "was wrong and it shouldn't have happened". The affair started in 1998, but was not "continual" and there were long periods where they were just close friends, the 46-year-old told the jury yesterday.
By Press Association and Press Gazette 14 April 13:08
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson went into the witness box today to defend himself against allegations of conspiracies to hack phones and pay public officials for stories.
By Dominic Ponsford 08 April 11:48
The High Court has ruled that Section 39 order preserving the anonymity of children involved in criminal proceedings do not apply once they have turned 18. The case follows an appeal lodged by two teenagers – referred to as JC and RT - who appeared in court in 2012, when they were aged 17, and pleaded guilty to possession of explosives. Prosecutors accepted that the pair, who had parts for pipe bombs and petrol bombs, did not intend to endanger life or damage property.
By Dominic Ponsford 07 April 11:15
A man accused by Northern Ireland's Sunday World of being a commander in banned terrorist group the UVF has failed in a High Court bid to stop the newspaper writing about him.
By Dominic Ponsford 04 April 10:00
The World Association of Newspapers and campaign groups Liberty and Hacked Off have joined the chorus of condemnation over a police harassment notice issued to Croydon Advertiser reporter Gareth Davies.
By Dominic Ponsford 02 April 10:40
An award-winning local newspaper journalist investigating a convicted fraudster has been served by police with a “prevention of harassment” notice.
By Cleland Thom 24 March 10:45
Essex Police have unwittingly contributed to the ongoing debate about police posting a crime story direct to a newspaper’s website.
By Dominic Ponsford 17 March 12:52
A Sun journalist facing trial for ‘conspiracy to cause misconduct in public office’ has highlighted the plight of the many UK journalists caught up in criminal investigations prompted by the hacking scandal.
By Cleland Thom 11 March 15:33
Journalists rarely have to worry about prejudicing inquests. Although the hearings are covered by the Contempt of Court Act 1981, it’s unusual for a report to create a substantial risk of serious prejudice … especially as coroners do not often sit with juries.
By Darren Boyle 28 February 15:50
Operation Elveden detectives have charged a former Surrey police officer with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, it was announced today.
Rebekah Brooks arriving at the Old Bailey with husband Charlie (Credit: Reuters)
By Press Association 28 February 15:26
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks spoke of her embarrassment today at turning down the exclusive story on the MPs' expenses scandal.
Jimmy Savile (Credit: Neil Sherwood UTV PA Wire)
By Press Association 27 February 14:51
Advertisements are to be placed in national newspapers alerting victims of sex abuse by Jimmy Savile to the availability of compensation, lawyers have said.
Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey (Reuters)
By Press Association 27 February 13:52
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has admitted paying public officials for information on "half a dozen" occasions during her time as a newspaper editor.