173. Hearing to be in public

(1) Save as provided by under section 98(2), (3) and (4) of the Regulations and the relevant practice directions, the general rule is that a hearing is to be held in public.
(2) The decision as to whether to hold a hearing in private must be made by the Judge conducting the hearing having regard to any representations which may have been made to him.
(3) The Court may order that the identity of any party or witness must not be disclosed if it considers non-disclosure necessary in order to protect the interests of that party or witness.