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Recent rulings over public rights of access to court files mean that clients bringing legal proceedings could face some awkward disclosures
When trying to stop publication of his private journal on the handover of Hong Kong to China, Prince Charles’ legal team dropped a demand that witness evidence provided by his former press chief, Mark Bolland, should be considered in a private hearing. As the Prince was no doubt advised, English courts adhere to the general rule that proceedings should be held in public unless the court directs that one of the limited exceptions in Civil Procedure Rule (CPR) 39.2(3) applies.
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