A new agreement has been created to allow journalists better help and information when reporting trials and hearings.

The document, created by the Media Lawyers Association and HM Courts and Tribunals Service, offers practical guidance for reporters including how they can request to observe video hearings or tune in remotely.

Justice Minister James Cartlidge said: “Justice has to be seen to be done to maintain public confidence and the media play a vital role as their eyes and ears in the courts.

“This charter will help ensure reporters retain the access to courts and information they require to keep the public informed.

The charter outlines how courts and tribunals provide designated seats in courtrooms for journalists and that wi-fi is available to them so they can report live on social media platforms or news websites.”

Dawn Alford, executive director of the Society of Editors said: “The Society of Editors welcomes today’s launch of the reporters’ charter which will, no doubt, become an invaluable tool for journalists and court staff and ensure that the rights of reporters to attend court and receive documentation are better recognised and applied in practice!”