Encyclopaedia on Family and The Law

Article by Gill Phillips, summarising the law relating to anonymity for children in cases involving settlements of medical negligence claims.

March 2014

Tags: Media Reporting, Transparency, Anonymity, Child Welfare, Children, Medical Negligence

In JXMX (A Child proceeding by her Mother and Litigation Friend Mrs AXMX) v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, [2013] EWHC 3956 (QB) Mr Justice Tugendhat refused to grant anonymity to a family which had reached a multi-million-pound settlement with an NHS trust over a claim which led to the birth of a girl with severe physical and learning difficulties.

Mr Justice Tugendhat observed that until recently applicants in hearings seeking the court’s approval of a settlement had not sought anonymity, but applications for anonymity were now made in most approval hearings. Often the media were not given copies of the orders or any other papers. The Judge emphasised that the simple fact that there was no media…

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