Justice Vincent handed down his report in September 2017, with the Andrews authorities responding in March this yr.
The federal government will implement 17 of the 18 suggestions, of which it supported both in full or in-principle. It hasn’t budged on its earlier announcement that it will think about the final advice, which was to fund a Public Curiosity Monitor.
In his report, Justice Vincent stated even when media organisations had been gagged, nothing may stop instances from being canvassed on social media, blogs and myriad different channels.
Justice Vincent discovered that of the 1594 orders made between 2014 and 2016, 22 per cent had been blanket bans that both did not say what was being suppressed or just acknowledged that the “entire or any a part of the continuing” may very well be not be reported. An additional 12 per cent didn’t give any grounds in any respect.
A “real-world” method was required by judges imposing gag orders, Justice Vincent stated in his report.
Regardless of this, and the rules of clear justice enshrined within the Open Courts Act, Victorian judges had been “troublingly” issuing as many suppression orders as they ever had been.
Australian media has been prevented from reporting on the conviction of a really high-profile determine, together with their identification and the character of the fees.
The suppression order was imposed after the court docket accepted that information of the individual’s identification within the first trial would possibly prejudice an additional trial being held subsequent yr.
However on this occasion, the small print have been closely reported on by worldwide media retailers and shared extensively on social media.
Mr Andrews stated whereas he couldn’t touch upon this high-profile case, his dedication to implement the suggestions of the Vincent Report was the “clearest indication” of his views on suppression orders.
“I might merely say that it is a deeply emotional matter … [but] I’m not in a position to discuss it as a lot as I’d prefer to,” he stated.
with Patrick O’Neil and Michael Bachelard
Sumeyya is a reporter for The Age.