At last! Victory on secret courts: Rulings in family cases to be made public after Mail campaign

Decisions by secret courts that can lead to children being taken from their parents or old people forced into care homes are finally to be opened up to public scrutiny.

Under rules set out yesterday, future judgments in the family courts and the Court of Protection must be made public except in cases where there is a clear reason to dictate they should not be.

Councils applying to take children into care or to take control of the lives of the old and sick can no longer hide behind a cloak of anonymity.

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