Monthly Archives: February 2015

IPCC caseworkers obtain harassment injunctions after internet abuse campaign

In Coulson & Ors v Wilby [2014] EWHC 3404 (QB) the High Court granted interim harassment injunctions to protect three caseworkers from the Independent Police Complaints Commission who were being harassed by two separate defendants.  The applications were framed in harassment but the claim forms indicated that the Claimants’ relied on actions in defamation, harassment, breach of privacy, misuse of private information and/or using unlawful means to injure another.

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‘Revenge porn’ criminalised in England and Wales

‘Revenge porn’, the term coined for the unauthorised sharing of private sexual photographs or videos, often carried out by spurned lovers over the medium of the Internet, has been criminalised in England and Wales under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (‘the Act’) which received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015.

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Judgment provides some guidance on approach to costs budgeting in libel cases

In a recent case management conference in the ongoing Yeo v Times Newspapers libel litigation (also see our blog ‘The End of Juries in Libel Trials?’), Mr Justice Warby QC gave a written Judgment ([2015] EWHC 209 (QB)), which provides some guidance on the issue of costs budgeting in libel cases.  Warby J noted that ‘although costs budgeting has now been in place for over 20 months, the detailed implementation of the scheme is still relatively untested’.  The guidance can be summarised as follows: –

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Civil Justice Council calls for Online Dispute Resolution for low value claims

A report by the Civil Justice Council (‘CJC’), which oversees the modernisation of the civil justice system, has recommended that an Online Dispute Resolution service (‘ODR’) replace the present Court system for low value claims.  The CJC’s Online Dispute Advisory Group, established in April 2014, has proposed that the new service be known as ‘Her Majesty’s Online Court’ and involve judges hearing from parties and deciding disputes worth up to £25,000 using the Internet.  The proposed system is compared to the dispute resolution service used by eBay, which reportedly deals with some 60 million disagreements each year.  The Online Court would comprise three tiers.  Tier One would provide ‘online evaluation’, allowing users to classify their problem and informing them of the available remedies.  Tier Two would provide ‘online facilitation’ – combining automated negotiation with more traditional mediation, albeit delivered online, to try and encourage parties to settle. The final Tier would involve Judges reviewing and deciding cases.

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