Encyclopaedia on Family and The Law

Article on the family courts and how media reporting works when criminal cases involving children feature.

Family courts and reporting criminal cases involving children

March 2014

Tags: Reporting, Reporting Restrictions, Media, Transparency, Children, Child Welfare, Criminal Cases

Section 97 of The Children Act 1989 prohibits the publication of material which identifies, or is likely to identify, a child involved in proceedings in which any power under the Children Act 1989, or the Adoption and Children Act 2002, may be exercised. Similarly under rule 92 of the Court of Protection Rules 2007, persons receiving medical treatment, who are unable to look after their own affairs and are under the auspices of the Court of Protection are also protected against being identified.  This translates for practical purposes into anonymity around any reporting of cases in which they are involved.

Section 12 of the Administration of Justice Act 1960, prohibits publication of information…

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