Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Child’s Automatic Right to Anonymity Ended for UK Family Courts

A decision in Britain Tuesday has apparently ended the automatic ban on identifying children involved in family court cases, even after proceedings have ended. The Court of Appeal ruled that Simon Clayton, who spent more than three years in dispute with his former wife Aneta over contact with their daughter, Estelle, 10, should have the right to talk openly about his case. The court said that judges will balance whether any entitlement to anonymity should outweigh the right to freedom of expression. However, publicity will not be allowed where it could harm or cause distress to a child. Source. Frances Gibb, Times On Line, For the complete story, please click here (last visited June 28, 2006).

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