In the Media

New legal shackles for editors

PUBLISHED October 18, 2004

Sometimes serious law is made quietly, away from the well-publicised arena of the courts. Tomorrow, new laws shackling the media come into force. They have attracted little attention, but their purpose is simple: for the first time the courts will be able to compel someone not involved in a criminal trial to pay all or part of its costs, which could run to millions of pounds.