But finally the wait is over: the Ministry of Justice has offially announced that Open Sesame day will be on 27th April 2009 & the draft statutory instruments have been laid before Parliament.
The Family Proceedings (Amendment) (No.2) Rules 2009 (SI 857/2009) will apply in all courts except the magistrates and The Family Proceedings Courts (Miscellaneous Amendments) Rules 2009 (SI 858/2009) will apply in the Magistrates courts.
By 10.28 (3) (f) allowed into court will be: duly accredited representatives of news gathering and reporting organisations. And by (4)
At any stage of the proceedings the court may direct that persons within paragraph (3)(f) shall not attend the proceedings or any part of them, where satisfied that—
(a) this is necessary—
(i) in the interests of any child concerned in, or connected with, the proceedings;
(ii) for the safety or protection of a party, a witness in the proceedings, or a person connected with such a party or witness; or
(iii) for the orderly conduct of the proceedings; or
(b) justice will otherwise be impeded or prejudiced.
11.4 is interesting too:
(1) A party or the legal representative of a party, on behalf of and upon the instructions of that party, may communicate information relating to the proceedings to any person where necessary to enable that party—
(a) by confidential discussion, to obtain support, advice or assistance in the conduct of the proceedings;
So no restrictions on who can be talked to about a case for this purpose although the regulations go on to say it must not be passed on any further. Mum's the word.