Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Privacy, Non-Publication Orders, and the Media in the Australian Legal Regime

Miiko A. Kumar and David Rolph, both of the University of Sydney Faculty of Law, have published An Appetite for Suppression: Non-Publication Orders, Open Justice and the Protection of Privacy in Perspectives on Privacy: Increasing Regulation in the USA, Canada, Australia and European Countries (Dieter Dorr and Russell L. Weaver, eds.; de Gruyter, 2014). Here is the abstract.

The principle of open justice is a fundamental doctrine of the common law. It is only departed from where it is strictly necessary to do so. Historically, then, merely because a court proceeding involved the public ventilation of private matters was not a sufficient basis for derogating from open justice. Recently, courts, legislatures and law reform bodies have been increasingly concerned about directly protecting privacy. The greater legal protections afforded to privacy have seen some challenges to the primacy of open justice. This chapter examines a number of recent cases in which high-profile litigants have attempted to obtain suppression or non-publication orders, in part to protect the privacy of their affairs from media scrutiny. It considers how the emerging tension between open justice and privacy might develop in the future and how it might be resolved.


Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

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