Fraud case: JEP beats lawyer’s secrecy bid
Friday 16th November 2012, 2:50PM GMT.
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