AFA and others -v- Secretary of State for the Home Department and Secretary of State for Defence (anonymity order)

Administrative CourtHigh CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order

Claim number: CO/1708/2023

In the High Court of Justice
King’s Bench Division
Administrative Court

19 May 2023


Mr Justice Lane


The King on the application of
AFA and 6 others


Secretary of State for the Home Department


Secretary of State for Defence


On the claimant’s application for urgent relief
NOTIFICATION of the Judge’s decision
Following consideration of the documents lodged by the claimant and the letter dated 12 May 2023 from the defendant
Order by Mr Justice Lane

  1. The claimants’ application for an anonymity order is granted under CPR 39.2(4) and/or the general case management powers in CPR 3.1(2). The claimants in this action shall have anonymity until further order. No report or publication of these proceedings shall directly or indirectly identify the claimants or any member of their family. Pursuant to CPR 5.4C, a person not a party to the proceedings may obtain a copy of the statement of case, judgment or order of the court records, only if the statement of case, judgment or order from the court has been anonymised. In the case title, the first claimant’s name shall be replaced by the initials ‘AFA’. Failure to comply with this direction could lead to contempt of court proceedings.
  2. If they have not already done so, the claimants must forthwith file a certificate of service.
  3. The claim is suitable for expedition. Accordingly, the defendants’ acknowledgment of service and summary grounds of defence shall be filed and served not later than 14 days from the date of this order.
  4. As soon as practicable after the expiry of that time, the application for permission to bring judicial review will be placed before a judge for consideration, together with (if practicable) the applications in CO/960/2023 to CO/969/2023, which involve the same employer in Afghanistan.
  5. Costs reserved.