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The Leveson Inquiry - The terms of reference of the inquiry to be held by Lord Justice Leveson are available - PM announces final hacking inquiry details. It seems that it may well be over a year before any form of report is produced - The Guardian 28th July "Hacking inquiry: Leveson's length and breadth." Writing in the Law Society Gazette 28th July, Joshua Rozenberg welcomes the choice of Leveson LJ and points out that Leveson has been scrupulous in declaring his interests. He met, in his capacity as Chairman of the Sentencing Council, with Rupert Murdoch's son-in-law - Matthew Freud. The fact that he has had such contact has led some to argue that Leveson should stand aside. In a political sense this may be right though, in fairness, it seems that any contact has been fairly limited and probably would not disqualify Leveson under the "appearance of bias" tests applicable to the judiciary when adjudicating in court. Also, as a podcast on the CharonQC blog indicates, the fact that any contacts are now known goes a long way to meeting the question since they can be taken into account. See CharonQC, Beneath The Wig, Lallands Peat Worrier. The latter made the interesting suggestion that a Scottish judge could have led the inquiry and thus avoided the "contact with the Murdoch's" issue.
Statement by Lord Justice Leveson at the launch of the Press part of the Inquiry
Supreme Court - as well as granting permission for an appeal on the issue of "limitation" in the nuclear testing case, the Supreme Court handed down five judgments including the Stormtrooper copyright case. Meanwhile, speculation is now beginning as to who might be the next Supreme Court justices to be