This service can only be used to notify the subscribing media organisations of your intention to apply to the Family Division for an injunction which will affect their rights under Article 10 by prohibiting or restricting reporting.
It may be used by applicants seeking injunctions or reporting restriction orders in three circumstances:
1: To notify the media of an application for an injunction from the Family Division of the High Court to protect the privacy of a child or patient or restrict publication of information about specified individuals.
2: To notify the media of applications in the Family Division of the High Court for orders giving anonymity to people such as social workers or medical experts and other witnesses when parties to proceedings seek the publication of the judgments. This follows guidance from by Mr Justice Munby in his decision of March 30, 2007 in In the matter of William Ward - BBC v (1) Cafcass Legal, Cambridgeshire County Council, Victoria Ward, Jake Ward, William Ward, acting by his children's guardian Carol Clements, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Doctor A, Doctor B ( EWHC 616 (Fam)).
3: To notify the media of your intention to apply for an order to exclude journalists from the entirety of proceedings in the family courts, following the President's judgment of July 15 2009 in Re X (A Child) (Residence and Contact) ( EWHC 1728 (Fam)).
Attempts to serve orders via this service will not be accepted as service, and will not be valid. All orders must be served directly on the organisations you wish to be bound by them. Please refer to the Practice Direction and the accompanying Practice Note, which can be found on this website.
The Official Solicitor and Acting Director of Legal Services of CAFCASS issued jointly on 18 March 2005 the following Practice Note which is to be read in conjunction with the President of the Family's Division's Practice Direction.