Friday, May 27, 2011
Good injunctions, Bad injunctions
As you know an injunction is an Order of the Court which requires a party to do or refrain from doing a certain act. The Court will not grant an Injunction where damages would be an appropriate alternative.
The tittle-tattle-gag-and-shag injunction outings over the past few weeks have highlighted the mess the UK privacy laws are in. Were they appropriate? Is it a win-win situation or are those being gagged (Helen Wood and Imogen Thomas for example) blameless victims whose human rights have been violated?
Whilst a debate is ensuing, we should look at where injunctions are used appropriately.
There are many occasions when an injunction is required to protect human beings from being hurt or killed and domestic violence is one where an injunction provides a short term remedy before criminal proceedings are taken.
Protecting one's career like Goodwin, Giggs, Terry, Marr etc is not the same as protecting oneself from a violent person and these Celebs should spend their money on supporting those in society who cannot afford Twopence-Ruck LLP instead of wasting the Court's time on injunctions to cover up misdeeds.