Reporting Restriction Order discharged; media free to report murder trial

Yesterday evening a Judge of the High Court, Family Division, discharged a Reporting Restriction Order which had prevented full reporting of the killing of Neil Tulley and the murder trial of his step-sons.


The Order had been in place since Friday, following an application by Surrey County Council.  Five media organisations, represented by Caoilfhionn Gallagher, argued that the Order was draconian and unjustified.  Mr Justice Keehan accepted the media’s submissions and discharged the Order with immediate effect.  He stated that, “Reporting Restriction Orders are serious Orders to be made only in cases of absolute necessity, when no lesser Order would afford the protection required”. 


He ruled that it would be “wholly wrong and inappropriate” to continue the Order preventing the identification of one of the defendants, Jerome Ellis, and two family members, Marie and Gary Ellis.


Mr Justice Keehan also lifted all other reporting restrictions as the local authority had an “insufficient evidential basis” for claiming that they were necessary.


A judgment with full reasons will be published shortly.


Caoilfhionn Gallagher represented Associated Newspapers, the BBC, Times Newspapers Ltd, the Press Association and Trinity Mirror plc.


For more detail on the case see the BBC.

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