Press room at Westminster Magistrates' Court set to be reinstated after Press Association challenge

One of the UK’s busiest magistrates’ courts is to reinstate its press room following an outcry from journalists.

The closure was announced in August to provide extra accommodation for court staff and prompted widespread concern from court reporters. Journalists were instead expected to file copy and charge laptops from corridors.

A press room is now to be reinstated after concerns were raised by Press Association legal editor Mike Dodd with Susan Acland-Hood, the chief executive of HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

In a response to Dodd, Press Gazette understands that she said the decision had been made to again have a dedicated press room at the court.

She also emphasised the the Courts Service is committed to working with journalists to ensure they have access to hearings.

Westminster Magistrates Court is one of the busiest in the UK and often hosts the initial court appearances of those facing terrorism charges.

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1 thought on “Press room at Westminster Magistrates' Court set to be reinstated after Press Association challenge”

  1. MY LIGHT HEARTED LINES

    Susan Acland-Hood
    WHAT had she on
    a heavily denying hood?
    covering her vision
    sabotaging ease of transmission
    of the news on what was going on

    that was all so very odd
    no wonder the man Dodd
    got on her case
    ‘helping’ Acland-Hood
    to tactically timely face
    the wrong she had foisted;
    REPORTERS’ integrity
    in opposing her charge
    for now at least reportedly
    VINDICATED….

    However, I can say from the coverage
    that ‘FLEET Street’ rarely reports
    let alone investigates the HM court and TRIBUNAL service
    unless its behaviour affects the ‘reporters’
    directly and immediately

    The HMCTS IS A NO-GO zone, left alone from
    scrutiny and it is still in the age of pre MAGNA Carta
    darkness.

    This despite outgoing president of the
    supreme COuRT DAVID NEuBERGER
    ADVERTISING THE LINE
    ‘TAKE BACK CONTROL’, to sit the
    BREXITEERING agenda…

    IT IS FACT that most people including
    reporters do not have much ethical democratic or transparency access let alone
    control on shaping the contents of or influencing the impact on society of
    what takes place inside the courts in Britain

    Will the RECORD of capitulation which is the main weight of the attitude of the media to the HMCTS BE CHANGED AFTER THIS
    small incident that actually represents a big
    deficit in BRITAIN?

    IF THE ACCESSIBLY RECORDED
    BEHAVIOUR OF ‘FLEET STREET’ OVER THE PAST 200 years
    VIS A VIS [WHAT IS NOW] THE MHCTS is any guide then things
    will not change
    and the ‘mainstream ’Media’ will not take ‘back’ anything remotely resembling democratic ethical
    control.

    THE FACTS POINT TO HMCTS BEING HEAVILY INFLUENCED
    BY THE MESSAGE DAVID LIDINGTON HAS BROGH WITH
    HIM TO THE POST HE HOW OCCUPIES

    TOO MANY MPs being professional licensed law traders also aids and abets the
    darkness status quo

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