High Court Judge and Downing St Communications Director to speak on media, law, and politics

04 July 2011

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society is pleased to announce that former High Court Judge Sir Mark Potter and Lance Price, journalist and former government Director of Communications will be sharing their views on how the media influence justice and politics in a workshop entitled, "€˜The Court of Public Opinion: Justice, the Media, and Popular Will"€™ on Friday 8th July.

The workshop comes at a critical juncture for relations between the judiciary, the media, and the legislature, following the decision of several politicians to use Parliamentary privilege to breach court-imposed injunctions to prevent media reporting on certain cases.

Sir Mark Potter, who was appointed to the High Court in 1988, will bring a judge'€™s perspective to assess media influence on the judiciary. Sir Mark chaired the Lord Chancellor'€™s Consultancy Panel advising the government on reform of the legal profession from 2000 to 2005. As President of the Family Division of the High Court, following a government consultation on increasing transparency in the family courts system, he presided over the implementation of new rules allowing media access to family proceedings.

Lance Price will be arriving at the workshop directly from a meeting with Tony Blair earlier that day to deliver his assessment of "Where Power Lies: Media vs. Politics"€™. Mr Price was a political correspondent for the BBC, before joining the press office at 10 Downing Street in 1998 as a special adviser working for Alastair Campbell. In 2000 he became the Labour Party’s Director of Communications and helped plan the 2001 General Election campaign.

A panel of experts will also contribute their perspectives and discuss the issues, including John Lloyd, Financial Times journalist and Director of Journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford, and Professors of Law and Politics from the UK, US, and Europe.

A limited number of spaces are still available for this workshop. To register, please visit News and Events and complete the registration form at the bottom of the page.