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LEVESON INQUIRY:
CULTURE, PRACTICE
AND ETHICS OF THE PRESS

Rulings

This page contains links to all Rulings made by the Inquiry Chairman, Lord Justice Leveson, and associated documents.

Handling of Evidence

On 28 November 2011 Lord Justice Leveson made an order preventing the publication of any witness statements provided to the Inquiry until they are formally put into evidence.  Following an application from Full Fact, Lord Justice Leveson issued a ruling on 7 December 2011 amending that order.  The Order was further amended on 26 April 2012. The ruling and ammended orders are below:

On 2 December Lord Justice Leveson made an order in relation to the evidence of Mr Alexander Owens:

On 26 March 2012, Lord Justice Leveson gave a ruling in relation to the evidence of Mr Peter Tickner and Mr Ian Hurst:

On 9 May 2012, Lord Justice Leveson gave a ruling on the practical application of core participant status:

On 14 May 2012 Lord Justice Leveson gave a ruling in relation to the publication of information by the Independent on Sunday:

On 11 June 2012 Lord Justice Leveson gave a ruling in relation to Operation Motorman Evidence:

On 10 July 2012 Lord Justice Leveson gave a ruling in relation to Operation Motorman and Associated Newspapers Limited:

On 23 July 2012 Lord Justice Leveson gave a ruling in relation to the future direction of the Inquiry:

Restriction Orders

On 23 November, 2011, Lord Justice Leveson gave a restriction order in relation to the evidence to be given by the witness HJK. The order is available below:

On 29 November 2012, Lord Justice Leveson made a general restriction order in relation to redactions made to evidence and documents, and evidence and documents withheld by the Inquiry:

Anonymous Witnesses

Lord Justice Leveson first considered the issue of anonymous evidence on 31 October, 2011.  A copy of his ruling dated 9 November 2011 is below.  In this ruling, Lord Justice Leveson made it clear that the Inquiry would accept evidence that was provided anonymously.  He subsequently received a number of submissions on this issue and his final ruling, dated 28 November 2011, is set out below, together with the protocol by which the Inquiry will deal with the applications for anonymity.

On 20 January 2012, the Divisional Court ruled on the application by Associated Newspapers against Lord Justice Leveson’s decision, in principle, to accept anonymous evidence during the Inquiry.  A copy of that judgment can be found here:

http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/Resources/JCO/Documents/Judgments/assoc-news-v-chair-leveson-inquiry.pdf

Lord Justice Leveson has now issued a further ruling on this issue:

Approach to Evidence

Lord Justice Leveson heard submissions from the Metropolitan Police (MPS) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on 26 October 2011 and 31 October 2011 about the potential overlap of the Inquiry with on-going criminal proceedings.  The MPS and CPS submissions and the subsequent ruling of 07 November 2011 are available here:

Core Participants

Lord Justice Leveson heard a number of submissions and considered written applications in relation to individuals and organisations seeking core participant status for the purposes of the Inquiry.  His rulings on these issues can be found below.  For an  up-to-date list of core participants please see the Core Participants page of our website.

On 11 June 2012 Lord Justice Leveson gave a ruling in relation to applications for funding from Core Participants to the Inquiry:

The Role of the Assessors

On 17 October 2011, following hearings on 28 September 2011 and 4 October 2011, Lord Justice Leveson ruled on the role of the assessors to the Inquiry.  The attached Assessor Protocol outlines the role of the assessors and how they will support the Chairman:

Rule 13 of the Inquiry Rules 2006

On 1 May 2012, Lord Justice Leveson issued the following ruling in relation to the Application of Rule 13 of the Inquiry Rules 2006. A supplementary ruling was issued on 4 May 2012 in relation to the Metropolitan Police Service: