Ignoring any order of the court undermines democracy and the rule of law. No one should be above the law.
Complicating things is the fact the prosecution plans to call Wilkinson as a witness in the trial.
The decision to broadcast an interview so far ahead of the final completion of the judicial process is a risky one. There was no pressing need to run this story now.
There is a clear legal reason why publications including The Age and news.com.au have copped hefty penalties.
Under an archaic law, people can still be punished for ‘scandalising the court’ or publicly criticising a judge’s ruling. It’s time for this law to be revisited.
Pell trial reporters, a judge and a media lawyer on why the suppression order debate is far from over.
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On the day George Pell was sentenced, several experts with wide-ranging experiences of suppression orders discussed how they affect the public’s right to know and whether the laws should be reformed.
FreeTommy protests depict the founder of the English Defence League as a hero. But his sentencing had nothing to do with the right to protest.
When an investigation is active, the press are subject to legal reporting restrictions.
Coalition backbenchers have expressed several doubts over the Finkel scheme, most notably on affordability and whether it will include coal.
It is obviously important to protect the institutional integrity and independence of the judiciary – but the judiciary and judicial decisions should not be immune from criticism.
Universities were widely criticised for turning to the courts during a series of student protests in South Africa. So why did they do it, and did the interdict process work?