a) That all hearings will be listed, so that people know they are happening and,
b) That a public judgment will be published on Bailii.
b) particularly is the key element although a) is important. b) is what was in my private members bill Section 8 (2).
This is a clear victory for the Justice for Families - secret prisoners campaign - where with the assistance of the Daily Mail the rules have been made workable and more accountable. It remains important, however, that we keep an eye on the system to make sure it is following the rules. (which it wasn't in the past)
There are, of course, the issues of a single social worker being able to imprison someone through the court of protection. That I will come to later. I will also keep an eye on the court to make sure that the rules are followed. What is important about this practice direction is that it makes it clear that this includes suspended sentences.
What is also important is to see the judgments being published for recent commitals (say in the past 5 years).
There is also a question as to where the National Council for Civil Liberties (Liberty) were on this. I have asked them for support, but they refused to support my criticism of secret jailings.