A trial judge’s order under the Contempt of Court Act 1981 s.11 to protect sensitive information heard in camera in a murder trial, which had been made on national security grounds, would not be varied to enable the defendant to present a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights based on an alleged breach of his right to a fair trial.

Under the Family Proceedings (Amendment No 4) Rules 2005 once the police had information from a local authority in the form of a document, they could use it for child protection purposes. However, the document, as compared with the information therein, could not otherwise be used without the court’s express permission.

An application based on the Administration of Justice Act 1960 s.12 to bring proceedings for contempt for publication of information relating to proceedings before a court sitting in private was refused on the basis that the constituent elements of the common law of contempt were not present.