European Court of Human Rights - case of B. and P. v. the UK (2001) (excerpts)

European Court of Human Rights - case of B. and P. v. the UK (2001) (excerpts)

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38. The proceedings which the present applicants wished to take place in public concerned the residence of each man's son following the parents' divorce or separation. The Court considers that such proceedings are prime examples of cases where the exclusion of the press and public may be justified in order to protect the privacy of the child and parties and to avoid prejudicing the interests of justice. To enable the deciding judge to gain as full and accurate a picture as possible of the advantages and disadvantages of the various residence and contact options open to the child, it is essential that the parents and other witnesses feel able to express themselves candidly on highly personal issues without fear of public curiosity or comment.