Hardly a week goes by here at the Guardian without some indignant individual contacting us, demanding that their name be taken out of a court report or, worse still, that the article be deleted immediately. Often it is the relatives who contact us, no doubt embarrassed by the publication of the defendant’s address.
It seems there are a lot of people living in our midst who do not understand the principle of open justice. They do not understand that it is a fundamental principle that justice must be seen to be done. It is therefore established in this country that, with certain exceptions, court cases should be heard in public.