Notre Dame employee charged with 2nd degree murder in Washington D.C.

first_img Previous articleIndy may play host to the entire NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this springNext articleAAA: Travel expected to be down for Thanksgiving holiday Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A woman who is employed by the University of Notre Dame is charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with a domestic incident in Washington D.C.Nijinsky Latassia Dix, 37, was arrested after police were called, on Saturday, Nov. 14, to an apartment on the report of gunshots. Inside, they found Terry Hickman, 44, who was pronounced dead at the scene.The investigation led them to Dix, who was arrested the same day, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.Dix is the program director of TRiO at Notre Dame. TRio is a federal outreach and student services programs designed to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans. Facebook WhatsApp Notre Dame employee charged with 2nd degree murder in Washington D.C. Pinterest By Jon Zimney – November 16, 2020 1 473 Google+last_img read more

Press release: 10,000 new trees to boost roadside wildlife habitat in the South West

first_imgThe work is taking place at 21 sites in Devon and Cornwall and involves the planting of 10,000 native trees and shrubs to fill or reduce gaps in hedgerow and woodland along the roadside.In total the planting will provide around three extra miles of vegetation and connect over 105 miles of habitat on the verge and land adjacent to the A30 and A38.The scheme is being delivered under Highways England’s national Biodiversity Plan which is being supported by a £30 million national investment programme over the next five years.The plan recognises road verges and associated land can be managed to provide areas of habitat, relatively free from human access, that may be scarce in the surrounding landscape.These road verges can also be used to connect fragmented habitats in the wider landscape, enabling plant and animal populations to move and interact, and so become stronger and more resilient.Ecologist Leonardo Gubert said: Tree and shrub species being planted include oak, maple, holly, willow, honeysuckle and rose at locations between Pocombe Bridge and Pulsack on the A30 and Wrangaton and Bellamarsh on the A38.The programme runs from Monday 5 February until Friday 16 March 2018.The majority of planting will not require any traffic management but a few schemes may require lane closures at times and no delays are anticipated.Highways England has also been undertaking a lowland heathland conservation scheme in Devon and Cornwall and has plans to expand its species rich wildflower meadows in the South West as part of a future improvement programme.The lowland heathland is a priority for nature conservation because it is a rare and threatened habitat which supports a variety of scare birds, animals and plants.There are several areas on the Highways England network in Devon and Cornwall where road verges are either suitable for heathland species or are located adjacent to sites where heathland is present or has been historically recorded.Work has included the planting and management of new heathland areas and aftercare at eight locations covering over 26,000 square metres across the Highways England network. Location sites are along the A30 and A38 including Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and Goss Moor, and Haldon Hill.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Highways England is committed to protecting the environment through its biodiversity plan and improving the connectivity of habitats along our roads is one of our top nature conservation priorities. The main aim of this improvement scheme is to reconnect wildlife habitat and ecosystems on a significant scale across our road network in the South West allowing species to move between core areas. The work is expected to have a huge benefit for a wide variety of species of animals including insects, birds, and mammals, such as butterflies, bees, flies and dormice, suitable places to forage, shelter and breed.last_img read more

Press release: Government appoints new VCSE Crown Representative

first_imgClaire Dove has been named as the new Crown Representative of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE).Ms Dove, who succeeds Michael O’Toole, will work alongside government departments and the Crown Commercial Service to strengthen the sector, support the upcoming Civil Society Strategy, and encourage VSCE organisations to operate more commercially.Claire Dove VCSE Crown Representative, said: The Crown Commercial Service runs the Crown Representative programme across a number of business areas, of which the VCSE Crown Representative will be part Crown Representatives help the government act as a single customer. They work across departments to: Ensure a single and strategic view of the government’s needs is communicated to the market Identify areas for cost savings Act as a point of focus for cross-cutting supplier-related issues Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: It’s an honour to take on this role. Millions of people benefit from the work that charities and social enterprises do and I cannot wait to get started to ensure this sector continues to go from strength to strength.center_img Claire will bring a lot of passion and experience into this role – having chaired Social Enterprise UK among other organisations. I am looking forward to working alongside her and the Crown Commercial Service to help support the VCSE sector and societies across the country. ENDSNOTES TO EDITORS:Claire Dove’s biography:Claire Dove OBE, DL, has been a key player in the social enterprise movement since the early 1980s and has led the award-winning Blackburne House Group, one of the leading providers of adult and community education in the country, since its inception.From December 2007 to January 2017 Claire was Chair of Social Enterprise UK (SEUK). She is a member of the Alder Hey Hospital Trust and, until recently, was a Board Member for the Charity Commission. She has chaired the Liverpool Fairness Commission on behalf of Liverpool City Council, is currently serving on the Liverpool Mayoral Development Board and is chair of the Society Advisory Board for the British Council.Claire was awarded an MBE for her work in the mid-nineties. She received an OBE in 2013 and was given the Queens Lifetime Achievement Award for Enterprise Promotion.Crown Commercial Servicelast_img read more

Press release: UKEF supports export of Bombardier aircraft made in Belfast

first_img The UK is at the forefront of the civil aerospace industry and I am delighted that the Department for International Trade is backing this landmark contract, which will support the global success of Bombardier’s C Series programme and its operations in Northern Ireland. UKEF, Bombardier and EDC are planning to extend the programme, with further support likely to follow for future C Series deliveries to Korean Airlines scheduled for 2018.Background This represents a double-first; it is the first time that UKEF has supported a C Series aircraft sale from Bombardier, who are a major investor and employer in Northern Ireland, and it is the first sale of the C Series to an Asian airline. The announcement comes at a historic moment for the UK and Asia, with two weeks to go until the UK Government hosts the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong, designed to boost trade between the UK and Asia.UKEF has worked in partnership with Canadian export credit agency, Export Development Canada (EDC), to provide Korean Airlines with financing to support the sale to date of two C Series aircraft, whose wings and parts of the fuselage – a significant proportion of the complete aircraft – are made at Bombardier’s site in Belfast. UKEF has provided reinsurance support to EDC for the UK elements of the aircraft.Michael Ryan, President, Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services, said: Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, said: UKEF supports exporters with a range of products that include: Sectors in which UKEF has supported exports include: aerospace, construction, oil and gas, mining and metals, petrochemicals, telecommunications, and transport. Find UKEF’s latest country cover positions. This contract clearly shows the value of support from UK Export Finance to those investing into the UK as they grow their international businesses. Bond insurance policy Bond support scheme Buyer & supplier credit financing facility Direct lending facility Export insurance policy Export refinancing facility Export working capital scheme Letter of credit guarantee schemecenter_img Mobile +44 (0)7791 797810 Media enquiries: Robert Maccabe, Head of Press and Corporate Communications UK Export Finance is the UK’s export credit agency and a government department, working alongside the Department for International Trade as an integral part of its strategy and operations. The C Series aircraft is the market leader in the 100- to 150-seat segment and subject to significant global demand. This aircraft has advanced carbon fibre wings and advanced technology fuselage sections manufactured in Belfast. We are very proud to have secured our first C Series aircraft sale to an Asian airline and with the backing of UK Export Finance and Export Development Canada look forward to building on this success. It exists to ensure that no viable UK export should fail for want of finance or insurance from the private market. It provides finance and insurance to help exporters win, fulfil and ensure they get paid for export contracts. The GREAT Festival of Innovation, taking place from 21-24 March in Hong Kong, is underpinned by a shared desire to build on the success of longstanding trading relationships between Asia and the UK and to stimulate further growth. It is an exchange of ideas intended to fuel debate and discussion to drive collaboration and partnerships between business, higher education and government, with a programme designed to address the role of innovation in driving prosperity. Email [email protected] UKEF has a regional network of 24 export finance managers supporting export businesses.last_img read more

News story: Non-Executive Board Members appointed at the Ministry of Justice

first_imgMark Rawlinson joins as the Lead Non-Executive. He is currently Chairman of UK Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley after a distinguished 35-year career at leading international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.Shirley Cooper brings over 30 years’ experience in finance and procurement to the role. She spent 13 years as Procurement and Supply Chain Director at Computacenter where she was responsible for an annual spend of over £2 billion, and now holds a number of non-executive positions.Nick Campsie brings a range of project and risk management skills from his time as a partner at asset management firm Eton Park Capital Management between 2004 and March this year. He has considerable experience of performance monitoring, auditing and corporate governance and is also a member of the criminal justice advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice. give advice to ministers and officials on the operational and delivery implications of policy proposals provide independent support, guidance and challenge on the progress and implementation of the department’s strategic direction advise on performance and monitor implementation of the department’s business plans Mark Rawlinson, Shirley Cooper and Nick Campsie were appointed to the Board on 4 June 2018.Our Non-Executive Board Members are senior figures from outside government, appointed to provide challenge to government departments. As set out in the government’s Code of Practice, Non-Executive Board Members should be appointed directly by the Secretary of State and are not civil servants. Their role is to:last_img read more

News story: Robin Walker: Securing the future of MRPQ

first_imgGood morning and thank you for your kind introduction.Represented here today are people from a huge range of sectors – from health professionals to architects, to lawyers, vets and dentists.It’s great to have this opportunity to explain the government’s approach to the negotiations and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the future partnership.British services and medical professionals have a global reputation for quality.And that global reputation has been made possible, in part, by the freedom you have had to work and practice outside of the UK and attract key talent from the EEA.For many of you, your work takes you right across Europe, and the world — supported by a system that recognises your professional qualifications, whether you earnt them here or elsewhere.You will have seen your own businesses and professions grow and develop thanks to the ability to access professional expertise within the EU, and the ability to provide your own services in another Member State.And I know the same can be said for businesses in the EU.Making sure that you can continue to practice and work across Europe, after we leave the EU, will be an important aspect of the new partnership we want to agree.Because as the Prime Minister has said, whilst we are leaving the European Union, we are not leaving Europe.Our European neighbours will continue to be friends and allies, and our trading partners.Brexit should not be about pulling up the drawbridge. It is about putting our relationship with the European Union on a new footing.The approach we need to take is one that respects the result of the referendum — and reflects the many decades of cooperation between the UK and other European states. Very beautifully illustrated I thought Baroness by your point about cooperation since the war.In the future, UK citizens will still want to work in other EU countries – just as EU citizens will want to do the same here.And that’s something I want to focus on a bit today in my comments.I’m sure many of you are keen to hear more about the government’s approach to the future partnership discussions.But first, I would like to make a few points about the progress of negotiations so far.In March, we agreed the terms of a time limited implementation period with the EU, that will start the day we leave the EU and end in December 2020.During that implementation period though we will no longer be a Member we have agreed that British people will be able to travel and work in the European Union, and European Union citizens vice versa during this period.And businesses will be able to carry on trading on the same terms they do now.Importantly for people and professions represented in this room, we have also agreed that common rules will remain in place — this includes the EU’s existing rules on recognising qualifications.This means that, in practice, professionals will be able to move easily according to their needs between the UK and the EU, and that they will be able to have their professional qualifications recognised.Just as they do now.I’ve heard from many different stakeholders in both public and private sectors how important this is, to give certainty about the arrangements that will apply immediately after our exit.And to make sure that where there may be changes in the future there should only be one set of changes at the end of an implementation period rather than multiple sets of changes.We have also made rapid progress on the details of the Withdrawal Agreement.We have reached agreement on much of the legal text and locked down full chapters on citizens’ rights and the financial settlement.Now, our aim is to finalise the rest of the Withdrawal Agreement by October, and develop the framework for our future partnership.So, the key question is — what does this mean for you?We talked about the importance to citizens and professionals who are already here and operating on the basis of their qualifications. Rightly the Prime Minister has put citizens’ rights as the first priority for negotiations. And that includes rights relating to the recognition of professional qualifications.And this is a commitment that we are delivering.The deal on citizens’ rights secured in the Withdrawal Agreement will give UK and EU nationals living in each other’s jurisdictions much needed certainty. And we have agreed full legal text on this including on residence, pensions, healthcare and social security coordination.As part of this, we have also agreed to continue recognising qualifications for residents and frontier workers if their qualifications have been recognised, or are in the process of being recognised, before the end of the implementation period. So right up until December 2020.This will cover everything recognised under the MRPQ directive, as well as lawyers practising under host title and approved statutory auditors and toxic product handlers.It means that EU professionals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU will have their rights preserved so that they can carry on living their lives broadly as they do now.Now there were some issues that we would have liked to get covered in the Withdrawal Agreement but which the EU determined related to the future relationship, particularly on services and we will return to those issues as we focus on the future partnership.Now, as we look towards the future, we are seeking a bold and ambitious agreement that goes further on services than any of its predecessors or precursors.It is our intention that the future economic partnership includes further provisions for professions such as yours, to continue working and sharing your knowledge with partners in the EU.As the Prime Minister herself has said, UK qualifications are already recognised across the EU, and vice versa. So it would make sense to continue doing so in the future.Encouragingly, this is an objective that is shared by the EU and one that is reflected in their own guidelines for the future relationship, where they refer to “ambitious provisions” for MRPQ.That is not surprising given the benefits that the current system are benefits to UK and EU professionals, public services, and businesses alike.In fact, since 1997, the UK has recognised over 142,000 EU qualifications under the MRPQ Directive. And over 27,000 decisions to recognise UK qualifications have been taken in the EU and its Member States.An ambitious agreement on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications will mean for example, UK architects can continue to design buildings in Paris, or Berlin.That lawyers right across the EU27 can continue advising clients in the UK and that enormous international expertise and value of UK law is available to EU citizens and companies in their international dealings.That Spanish nurses and doctors can continue to care for British patients in our hospitals and our NHS.This next stage of negotiations will also include discussion of topics such as the ability of professionals to provide services on a fly-in fly-out basis.We will be outlining our position for the future economic partnership in the forthcoming White Paper. This will offer detailed, precise and ambitious explanations of the UK’s position on our future relationship with the EU and I would welcome your views from all the professional bodies around this table following its publication next week.Because we want to make sure that the future system for continued mutual recognition works in practice — not just in principle — for both professionals and regulators.Because this is in all of our interests.And I know that you all have valuable networks and connections with business, regulators, professionals, and public services across Europe.Your voices are important in this debate.Just as we listen to British businesses and professional networks, we know the European Commission and its Member States are doing the same.Existing EU arrangements with third countries — for example the EU’s Free Trade Agreement with Canada — don’t go far enough in providing the level of mutual recognition that we believe our professionals need.So we hope that you will use your platforms to engage with your European networks to emphasise that an ambitious agreement, going beyond its precursors on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, is in everyone’s best interest.In this context I particularly welcome the open letter to the Prime Minister regarding the key asks of the professional and business services sector that was sent yesterday by the PBS Council. And that’s something that closely reflects the discussions I have had with that council in terms of what the sector wants to see.The feedback, engagement and support we are receiving from businesses professionals and regulators and all the bodies represented around this table, is invaluable.Because it is vital that as we negotiate our exit and our new relationship with the European Union, we continue to work together, so that we can reflect your needs, and your interests, at the negotiating table.And ultimately get the right deal for you — which I strongly believe will be the right deal for the country.Thank you.last_img read more

Press release: UK closing statement at 39th UN Human Rights Council

first_img Email [email protected] Follow Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on Twitter @tariqahmadbt Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn For journalists The UN Human Rights Council concluded its 39th session today with important resolutions on Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Burma and a number of other pressing issues.As I said during my speech at the Council on 17 September, human rights remain under threat around the world. The United Kingdom remains committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and the rules based international system, of which the Human Rights Council is such an important part. It is essential that we work together with other UN member states to ensure accountability for those who violate the rights of their citizens.While visiting the Council I was delighted to meet High Commissioner Bachelet during her inaugural session. Her extraordinary wealth of knowledge as well as her professional and personal experience will be invaluable in her role – I wish her well.BurmaI welcome the Council’s establishment of a mechanism to collect and preserve evidence of the human rights atrocities carried out, primarily by the military, in Burma. This resolution, tabled jointly by the OIC and the EU, shows that the international community as a whole is united in its focus on Burma. The mechanism is an important stepping stone on the road to accountability and justice; Burma now needs to show it will cooperate with this mechanism. Burma’s government and military must also show that its Commission of Inquiry will be an impartial, independent and credible process that leads to perpetrators of human rights violations being held to account.SyriaTurning to Syria, the Council must continue to shine a light on the dire situation there and I welcome the resolution adopted by the Council. The Commission of Inquiry has exposed the ongoing violations of international law, including the regime’s persistent use of chemical weapons, torture and forced displacement. Further steps to protect civilians are urgently needed, and so the agreement between Russia and Turkey to avoid a military offensive in Idlib is encouraging.YemenI am pleased that the mandate of the Yemen Group of Eminent Experts has been renewed, though disappointed that a single consensus resolution was not possible. Given the gravity of the situation in Yemen it is important to give the Group of Eminent Experts more time to fully examine the conflict and to ensure that their conclusions accurately reflect the conduct of all parties in future reporting. It is clear that many incidents and alleged violations, committed by all parties, have not yet been fully documented, particularly those by Houthis in Hodeidah and the rest of Northern Yemen.VenezuelaElsewhere, I welcome the Lima Group’s resolution on Venezuela which reflects the deep international concern at the sharply deteriorating social and economic conditions affecting the Venezuelan people.Sudan, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Somalia and DRCI am pleased that the Council renewed the Mandate of the Independent Expert on Sudan and note the Government of Sudan’s commitment to open a fully mandated OHCHR office. I also welcome the renewal of mandates of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi and the Independent Expert for Central Africa Republic, as well as the Council’s continued focus on the human rights situations in Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo.I welcome the work of the Office of the High Commissioner to bring attention to the issue of the safety of journalists, and the strong message sent by the resolution adopted by the Council. States which stifle free speech and prevent or restrict media freedom do not thrive; politically, socially or economically. I condemn the increasing pattern of threats and intimidation of journalists, media workers and all those who want to freely express their views.The work of the Human Rights Council is vital in bringing states together to protect and promote universal human rights around the world.The UK government plays, and will continue to play, an active role at the Council and will continue to support its efforts to hold to account those who perpetrate violations and abuses of human rights.Further information Media enquirieslast_img read more

Press release: International Trade Secretary in South Korea discussing how to boost our bilateral trade after Brexit

first_img The Asia-Pacific region will be a major engine of global growth in the 21st century and strengthening our established trading relationship with South Korea is high on our agenda. I am delighted to continue discussions with Minister Kim Hyun-chong and Deputy Prime Minister Kim Dong Yeon and I want to see British and South Korean firms continue to trade as we do now after we leave the European Union. The UK and South Korea are some of the best places to do business in the world. Trade between our 2 countries is growing rapidly and will grow stronger in the coming months and years. International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox is in South Korea this week to turbo charge talks on our future trading relationship after the UK leaves the EU – with or without a deal. As the 5th and 11th biggest economies in the world, he will also discuss with British businesses how the UK can boost its exports to South Korea, following the recent publication of the UK’s Export Strategy.Dr Fox is meeting with his counterpart, Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong, to outline the UK’s commitment to maintaining a strong trading relationship and trade continuity for British and South Korean firms after we leave the EU.As part of this ambition, the Secretary of State will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), reaffirming our ongoing partnership and committing to working closely together on mutually beneficial business opportunities.The ministers will also discuss how to break down non-tariff barriers to trade, which could help to further boost our exports.Dr Fox is also meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mr Kim Dong Yeon, as well as with businesses including Hanwha, LG and Samsung.Speaking ahead of the visit, the International Trade Secretary said: Total trade between the UK and South Korea was worth £13.3 billion last year, up by 15.2% on 2016, and British firms exported more to South Korea than to India.The World Bank has rated the UK the 7th easiest country to do business in in the world and South Korea has been rated 4th.South Korea is one of more than 70 countries, party to more than 40 trade agreements, currently in discussions with the Department for International Trade to achieve continuity of our trading arrangements after we leave the EU.The government of South Korea has already expressed its desire to continue these arrangements, providing certainty and stability for businesses and consumers.last_img read more

News story: Stopping fraud against the NHS: new plans announced

first_imgNHSCFA will take forward these measures. It will work with its data-sharing partners to analyse large amounts of information and identify anomalies, unusual activity and inconsistencies in the NHS, referring to NHS investigators for further action.NHSCFA was set up in November 2017 and replaces NHS Protect, which has been working to stop fraud since 2010.Fraud in the NHS ranges from a few pounds, to hundreds of thousands and occasionally millions.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: I am delighted that the Health and Social Care Secretary is showing such a keen interest in addressing fraud and supporting the NHS Counter Fraud Authority in its vital mission to prevent and detect fraud against the NHS. It is key to our success that we collaborate with others and I am confident that as we work with partners this ambitious target will be achieved. The more data sets we are able to access from partners such as Cifas and the NHS Business Services Authority, the more fraud we can detect and prevent. NHSCFA are actively engaging with the fintech sector to identify technological solutions that could enhance data examination and exploitation capability. more collaboration and data sharing between the NHS Business Services Authority and NHSCFA to identify the small number of pharmacists and dentists claiming payments for services they have not carried out The government has announced how it will take tougher action on fraud and save hundreds of millions of pounds for the NHS over the next 5 years, increasing the money available for improving patient care.The plans were announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.The new approach will start with a commitment to halve prescription fraud, which costs the NHS £256 million a year.Prescription exemptions will be digitised, allowing pharmacies to check whether the patient does not have to pay charge before their medication is dispensed. This will be piloted next year, before being rolled out across the NHS.The focus on prescriptions is one aspect of a wider crackdown on NHS fraud, which will prevent up to £300 million being lost to fraud by April 2020. This is part of the government’s commitment to ensuring public finances are managed responsibly and that every penny invested goes towards improving care.Further measures being introduced to stop fraud include: the introduction of a new counter-fraud profession in central government, bringing together around 10,000 counter-fraud specialists, including 400 focused on fraud in the NHScenter_img a new partnership between the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) and the fraud prevention service Cifas, allowing NHS counter-fraud professionals to access Cifas data Sue Frith, interim CEO of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, said: Those who abuse the NHS and choose to line their own pockets with money that should be spent on patients and frontline care will no longer have anywhere to hide. The new technology and analysis, combined with intel and experience of counter-fraud specialists will form the starting point of this new fight against NHS fraudsters. We’re determined to make sure every penny of the extra funding we are giving the NHS as part of our long-term plan is properly spent. The message is clear: the NHS is no longer an easy target, and if you try to steal from it you will face the consequences.last_img read more

Press release: New media guidance issued to all court staff

first_img Open Justice is vital to the rule of law and is achieved, in practice, by press reporting of courts and tribunals to the wider public. That depends not just on the legal framework, but the day to day practicalities of journalistic access and reporting. The NMA therefore warmly welcomed both the opportunity to work with HMCTS on this new guidance and its wider publication. A ready reference, providing common guidance, will assist court, press and public alike. We hope that it will promote further constructive co-operation, court reporting and public understanding of the work of our justice system. Guidance developed alongside media representatives published Move designed to protect and maintain principle of open justice Lucy Frazer MP to chair media roundtable next month The guidance, developed by a working group involving media representatives, is part of a wider effort to build stronger working relationships between courts and the press and maintain the principle of open justice as we increasingly digitise court services.Guidance has been split into an overall summary and more detailed jurisdictional advice, so staff can find exactly what they are looking for in a more timely and straightforward manner, making it easier for journalists to cover court proceedings and access listings.The HMCTS staff guidance has also, for the first time, been made public and will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.Susan Acland-Hood, HMCTS CEO, said: The existing working group is now being reshaped to consider how the reform programme can support and enhance media access while playing a pivotal role in maintaining and developing open justice.This includes a roundtable discussion to be chaired by Courts Minister Lucy Frazer next month, which will bring together a range of representatives from newspapers, broadcasters and online media platforms to discuss ways of enhancing court access.Notes to editorsThe HMCTS working group was made up of the following: This is an important initiative and the Society is delighted to have been able to assist in helping to reinforce these guidelines to court staff and journalists. If the public is to have faith in the justice system it must see it in action and that means ensuring journalists have access to courts and the necessary information to do their jobs. At the same time court staff need to have simple guidelines as to what is permissible. There is more to do but the work carried out so far is extremely important. Ian Murray, Executive Director of the Society of Editors commented: Ed Owen (Chair) – Director of Communications, HMCTS Kate Briden – Director of the Royal Courts of Justice Group, HMCTS Laura King – Operational Contracted Services Manager, HMCTS Alice Booth – Ministry of Justice Senior Press Officer, Courts desk Stephen Ward – Head of News and External Communications, Judicial Office Mike Dodd – Press Association Ian Murray – Society of Editors Santha Rasaiah – News Media Association Tristan Kirk – London Evening Standard John Battle – ITN Open justice is a fundamental part of our court system and impartial media reporting of the work of our courts and tribunals is an important way of maintaining public confidence. This reshaped guidance, which we are publishing for the first time, is designed to give our staff easily accessible information so they can support all those reporting on proceedings in courts across the country. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who helped put it together. We will continue to work closely with stakeholders to promote good working relationships between HMCTS and regional media. Their insight and expertise will ensure our ongoing programme of reform not only maintains but, wherever possible, enhances open justice. Santha Rasaiah, News Media Association:last_img read more