Anonymity – Scotland and N.I.

Anonymity something FASO has been recommending and fighting for with Welsh/English governments for a long time. 

Scottish and N.I. legislation consultation are not always seen and therefore not addressed. 

We want to rectify this with added focus:  FASO Covers the whole of the UK.

See last debate on anonymity also consultations  
https://www.scotlawcom.gov.uk/files/5515/0669/0813/02.__Margaret_Gardener.pdf

Media discussion

https://www.carson-mcdowell.com/news-and-events/insights/reporting-restrictions-anonymity-orders-in-northern-ireland

Scottish Legal News 06/08/2020 (courtesy of)

Ireland: Sexual offences review backs anonymity for all defendants and greater support for complainants   chair Tom O’Malley SC

in the wake of the high-profile Belfast rugby rape trial, was originally meant to be completed by the end of 2018. The final 141-page report has been published today, Irish Legal News reports, via Scottish legal news.

It was commissioned by the government following criticism over aspects of the nine-week Belfast Crown Court trial of Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were found not guilty of raping a woman.

Ireland’s Justice Minister, Helen McEntee announced this morning that she will prioritise the development of an implementation plan

Anonymity of defendants

Among the most significant recommendations of Mr O’Malley’s report is that the right to anonymity, which currently applies to almost all defendants accused of rape, should be extended to include defendants accused of all sexual assault offences.

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