Following on from our media law course in the first year of University, we are revisiting this topic to ensure we are fully aware of how to protect ourselves as journalists.
Over the next eight weeks, we will be covering the following topics:
* Outline of the legal system in England and Wales
* Crime reporting and the courts
* Libel and defamation
* Investigative journalism and privilege
* Confidentiality and privacy
* Freedom of Information
* Copyright and codes of conduct
* Reporting Elections
It is important to have knowledge of some of the key figures within the law system. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is currently Keir Starmer. He is responsible for the criminal justice policy, legal issues and prosecutions.
Kenneth Clarke is the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales is Lord Judge.
We covered the court system, for a simple diagram follow this link: http://www.supremecourt.gov.uk/files/uk-legal-system.pdf
Another great site to visit to gain more knowledge on law and court systems is: http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/