Mr Justice Warby to take over new specialist media court
Mr Justice Warby has been appointed as the judge in charge of a new list within the Queen's Bench Division called the Media and Communications List.
Mr Justice Warby has been appointed as the judge in charge of a new list within the Queen's Bench Division called the Media and Communications List. He will have primary responsibility for cases involving the main media torts (defamation, misuse of private information and breach of duty under the Data Protection Act) and related or similar claims including malicious falsehood and harassment arising from publication or threatened publication by the print or broadcast media, online, on social media, or in speech.
As from 1 March 2017 parties who consider that their case meets the foregoing parameters should entitle their claim appropriately by inserting the words "Media and Communications List" below "Queen's Bench Division". The court will retain the power to move cases in and out of this list.
Mr Justice Warby is proposing to consult with lawyers and judges with experience in this area on whether any improved practical arrangements are necessary.