The court gave guidance as to the treatment of draft judgments by journalists. Journalists should appreciate in future that under the Practice Direction (CPR PD 40E) (Reserved judgments) 2005 unless a specific order was made all draft judgments were embargoed and could not be published until the official judgment was handed down. The publication of a draft judgment would be regarded as contempt of court. Given the publication of the instant guidance, it would not be possible for journalists to say that they did not understand the nature of a draft judgment. The consequences of a breach of the Practice Direction might be severe.

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