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Judicial Proceedings (Regulation of Reports) Act 1926

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1 Restriction on publication of reports of judicial proceedings.E+W+S

(1)It shall not be lawful to print or publish, or cause or procure to be printed or published—

(a)in relation to any judicial proceedings any indecent matter or indecent medical, surgical or physiological details being matters or details the publication of which would be calculated to injure public morals;

(b)in relation to any judicial proceedings for dissolution of marriage, for nullity of marriage, or for judicial separation, [F1or for the dissolution or annulment of a civil partnership or for the separation of civil partners], any particulars other than the following, that is to say:—

(i)the names, addresses and occupations of the parties and witnesses;

(ii)a concise statement of the charges, defences and countercharges in support of which evidence has been given;

(iii)submissions on any point of law arising in the course of the proceedings, and the decision of the court thereon;

(iv)the summing-up of the judge and the finding of the jury (if any) and the judgment of the court and observations made by the judge in giving judgment:

Provided that nothing in this part of this subsection shall be held to permit the publication of anything contrary to the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(2)If any person acts in contravention of the provisions of this Act, he shall in respect of each offence be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding four months, or to a fine not exceeding [F2level 5 on the standard scale], or to both such imprisonment and fine:

Provided that no person, other than a proprietor, editor, master printer or publisher, shall be liable to be convicted under this Act.

(3)No prosecution for an offence under this Act shall be commenced in England and Wales by any person without the sanction of the Attorney-General.

(4)Nothing in this section shall apply to the printing of any pleading, transcript or evidence or other document for use in connection with any judicial proceedings or the communication thereof to persons concerned in the proceedings, or to the printing or publishing of any notice or report in pursuance of the directions of the court; or to the printing or publishing of any matter in any separate volume or part of any bonâ fide series of law reports which does not form part of any other publication and consists solely of reports of proceedings in courts of law, or in any publication of a technical character bonâ fide intended for circulation among members of the legal or medical professions.

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2 Short title and extent.E+W+S

(1)This Act may be cited as the Judicial Proceedings (Regulation of Reports) Act 1926.

(2)This Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

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