24 Dec 2008

Name suppression issue raised by Law Commission

6:10 am on 24 December 2008

The Law Commission wants a robust debate on the issue of suppression: why some people are allowed to have their names suppressed if they appear in court, and others on similar charges are not.

It has published a paper, Suppression of Names and Evidence, as part of a wider review of criminal procedure under the Criminal Justice Act.

The Commission is asking people to consider whether the presumption of open justice should apply to suppression, and what potential criteria should be essential.

It is also asking whether a statutory list of factors should be established and ticked off before any suppression application is granted.

Submissions can be made on the paper by 13 February.