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Family court judges won’t edit media reports – top judge

Filed under: Law & Courts — JohnPotter @ 12:26 pm Thu 11th November 2004

Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier has moved to allay fears held by journalists that his judges will misuse their power to vet media stories.

Last month the Government announced that Family Court proceedings would be opened to the public and media with tight restrictions in place.

One proposed restriction strongly opposed by journalists was the power for judges to demand to see stories before publication.

Commonwealth Press Union (CPU) New Zealand chairman Gavin Ellis said “the suggestion that journalists should give up their copy to judges for vetting is totally unacceptable.

“I do not see the proposed legislation as an attempt to muzzle the media or prevent them from doing their job,” Judge Boshier said.

“The judges want no say in the content of media reports but only the opportunity to ascertain that any orders made with regard to non-publication of certain details are complied with.”

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