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Updated Judicial College Guide on Reporting Restrictions in the Criminal Courts

The Judicial College have published their updated guide on Reporting Restrictions in the Criminal Courts. The guidance by the Judicial College, Media Lawyers Association, News Media Association and Society of Editors was first published in April 2015 and has been considerably revised to more fully reflect the relevant considerations relating to children.


The guidance has now been successfully revised to include appropriate considerations for reporting restrictions affecting children, whether appearing as defendants or witnesses. The revised guidance directs judges to some of the relevant international obligations, such as the UNCRC, and the welfare considerations relevant when deciding whether to grant anonymity to children (the relevant sections are pages 19-24). 

This fourth edition of the protocol has been re-published following consultation with children’s rights organisations including the Children’s Commissioner, the Youth Justice Board and the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (advised by Just for Kids Law, Steve Broach and Ian Wise QC). 


The Judicial College guidance does not provide an exhaustive list of case law and guidance. Legal materials, including cases favourable to upholding the anonymity of children and protecting children from naming and shaming (some of which are not mentioned in the guidance) can be found in our YJLC resources on anonymity