The Court of Appeal is to live-stream video of the special hearing on whether I should have permission to appeal against the judgment in Rachel Riley’s libel case against me.
The hearing will take place on January 31 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. I won’t know when or in which court until the day before it happens.
The decision to live-stream the appeal is a courageous one for the court, because it means the proceedings will be available for everyone with an interest in the case to view – both live and afterwards.
That means if the court makes a decision that people think is at odds with the evidence, not only will many people kick up a fuss, but their reasons for doing so will be available for everybody to see.
Sadly that is not an advantage for either side; public opinion could run against me as easily as it could against Ms Riley.
I applaud the decision because it means everybody who has been funding my defence will be able to see what their cash has been buying.
When my appeal against the strike-out of my defences was live-streamed in 2021, the live-stream was seen by more than 3,000 people – an enormous figure when compared with the 100 or so who watched the proceedings immediately before and after.
I hope more people will watch the events of the crucial hearing on January 31.
You can do this by accessing the judiciary’s website here: https://www.judiciary.uk/you-and-the-judiciary/going-to-court/court-of-appeal-home/the-court-of-appeal-civil-division-live-streaming-of-court-hearings/.
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I would certainly urge everybody reading this to watch the live-stream – or view the video as soon as you can afterwards.
The hearing will only last an hour and a half, and many of the discussion may be technical – but you should be able to understand my arguments and why I think it is important to make them.
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
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