- Anonymity orders and the principle of open justice (DMK v News Group Newspapers Ltd)
- Practical implications
- What did the court decide?
- Interim non-disclosure order and inspection order
- Derogating from the principle of open justice
- Should Mr Van Pelt have been notified of DMK's application?
- Court details
Dispute Resolution analysis: In the High Court Warby J has granted an anonymity order (and supporting inspection order), the latter requiring only redacted copies of certain documents to be publicly available on the court file so as to protect the identity of one of the parties. In this decision the court balanced the party’s right to privacy against the principle of open justice enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and reflected in the CPR. The decision is of interest to practitioners whose clients have legitimate rights to privacy that need to be protected, notwithstanding their involvement in otherwise public court proceedings.
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