Protecting the identity of children expires automatically when the child reaches the age of 18


Re: JC & Anor v Central Criminal Court & CPS & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1777

Dismissing the appeal, the Court noted that orders made under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, s 39, protecting the identity of children concerned in criminal proceedings, expired automatically when the child reached the age of 18. Further, the Court considered that if the additional protection was afforded to the appellants it would tip the balance too far in favour of the appellants’ rights under the ECHR, art 8 compared to the media’s rights under art 10.

Gavin Millar QC was involved in this case.