Individual judges will be at liberty to decline media access in courts, says Kerala HC

Thiruvananthapuram :More than a week after the clash between lawyers and journalists at Kerala High Court premises followed by an “unofficial ban” on media in courts, the high court today issued a press statement saying that individual judges can decide whether media should have access to judgements from judges’ chambers.

Although the HC said that “there is no ban imposed on the journalists from attending and reporting court proceedings,” it stated that “the individual Judges will be at liberty to decline access to any person to their Chambers and the office of the Private Secretaries and Personal Assistants, including Personal Assistants attending to the court work of that judge from the Personal Assistants’ Pool.”

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