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What is the procedure for applying for anonymity when issuing a claim form?

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Published on LexisPSL on 19/04/2016

The following PI & Clinical Negligence Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is the procedure for applying for anonymity when issuing a claim form?
  • Non-disclosure order
  • Pre-trial application for anonymity of party’s identity on the claim form

What is the procedure for applying for anonymity when issuing a claim form?

Non-disclosure order

The general rule is that a hearing is to be in public: CPR 39.2(1). However, the court may order that the identity of any party must not be disclosed if it considers non-disclosure necessary in order to protect the interests of that party: CPR 39.2(4).

A party can seek such a non-disclosure order at any time during proceedings, including pre-trial, by filing an application notice with supporting evidence giving reasons why non-disclosure in necessary. The following templates available on Library may be useful for this purpose:

  1. application notice for order that the identity of a party not be disclosed: Atkin’s Court Forms (29(2))

  2. witness statement in support of application for an order that the identity of a party not be disclosed: Atkin’s Court Forms

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