Two current stories must make us look closely at aspects of our court system. The Vicky Pryce trial fiasco yesterday showed how woefully inadequate that particular jury was at understanding even the basics of their role. But, of course, under the Contempt of Court Act we are completely barred from discovering anything about this jury and their discussions or deliberations. I wonder if any news organisation is going to go risk giving it a try? And the Oscar Pistorius case brings acutely home to us how different other countries attitudes are to prejudice and a "fair trial".
As so few of you now come in on Fridays, voice training is being moved to Thursday mornings 1100 - 1300. The first sessions will take place on Thursday March 14th. I will put a new rota on the newsroom door. As before, please make every effort to come to your session - if it's really impossible, please organise a swop with a colleague so that the time slot is not wasted.
Congratulations to the 32 CfJ students who passed last month's NCTJ Essential Media Law exam. We had a pass rate of 85% - with ten people gaining A grades! This is a seriously good result in an NCTJ law exam - and I'm delighted both for the students and the Centre. Special mention must go to Jemma Collins who, with 84%, equalled Kat Cain's best-ever mark by a CfJ student in an NCTJ law exam. Well done everybody!
As we've already lost one session due to exams and I'm not in on February 15th, an extra NCTJ LAW - COURT REPORTING - SESSION has been arranged. Your Valentine's Day present is a law session from 1100 - 1300 in Room G4-03 on Thursday February 14th.
There will, of course, be no voice training this Friday due to your Newsday. A new voice training rota will be posted on the newsroom door very soon - please ensure you check when your session is due.