Fraud case: JEP beats lawyer’s secrecy bid

THE JEP yesterday won an important victory for freedom of expression by successfully challenging an application to stop the media publishing criticism of a Jersey advocate.

The case was heard in the Royal Court
The case was heard in the Royal Court

THE JEP yesterday won an important victory for freedom of expression by successfully challenging an application to stop the media publishing criticism of a Jersey advocate.

At a hearing yesterday in the ongoing case of four men, including former Magistrate Ian Christmas, who were convicted of fraud, the court was asked to impose reporting restrictions to stop a lawyer being named.

However, Sir John Nutting, a justice of the Jersey Court of Appeal, threw out that application saying lawyers should expect criticism from all angles in the course of their work.

Advocate Olaf Blakeley applied for the gagging order to protect the professional reputation of the lawyer who had been sacked by one of the defendants.

• See today's JEP for the full report

Comments for: "Fraud case: JEP beats lawyer’s secrecy bid"

runner

Do the crime - do the time, you make a decision to do something wrong , then you must be made public knowledge. wouldnt everyone start committing crimes if our names were never shamed?!

ExJerseyMan

Nice work JEP .