On 7 July, the Home Office in the UK published a Circular Circular that sets out the position that HM Government takes regarding the use of SAR in private civil litigation matters. Its purpose is said to be to provide guidance to help protect reporters, the subjects of SAR and the integrity of the SAR regime wherever possible. It says that reporters should consider how they can apply points set out in the Circular to contribute towards maintaining the wider effectiveness of the SAR regime. For the avoidance of doubt, it is said, the Circular does not affect any legal obligations of disclosure including under the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 or under an order of the court.
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