BXB -v- Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (anonymity order)
High CourtQueen's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order
Claim No.: QB-2022-001559
In the High Court of Justice
Queen’s Bench Division
Date: 6 July 2022
Master Gidden on behalf of Master Thornett
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
(1) For the purposes of this order:
(i) ‘Publication’ includes any speech, writing, broadcast, or other communication in whatever form (including internet and social media), which is addressed to the public at large or any section of the public.
(ii) Publication for the purpose of this Order includes any further publication (as defined in subparagraph (i) above) from the date of this Order, even if such information has derived from a previous stage or stages of these proceedings.
(2) For the avoidance of doubt, set out below is a non-exhaustive list of examples of communications and records which do not constitute publication within the meaning of this order (providing always that proper steps are taken to protect the confidentiality of information from being made public). In this list references to ‘the anonymised party’ include that party’s appointed representatives and advisers, such as solicitor, Litigation Friend, attorney, trustee and deputy.
(i) Communications between the Court Funds Office and the anonymised parties in relation to the payment of money into the Court Funds Office for the benefit of the anonymised parties or the investment or treatment of payment out of such money.
(ii) Communications between the Court Funds Office, the anonymised parties, and any financial institution concerned as to the receipt or investment of such money.
(iii) Records kept by the Court Funds Office, the anonymised parties, and any financial institution concerned as to the receipt or investment of the Claimant and dependent’s money.
(iv) Retention by all parties to the claim, their representatives, and their advisers of their unredacted files for the purposes of their continuing functions and obligations in relation to the proceedings.
(v) Communications between the Defendant, their insurers, or their successors in title and their legal and professional advisers, reinsurers, HM Revenue and Customs (or its successor), the Compensation Recovery Unit or any other person required by law.
(vi) Communications between the anonymised parties’ representatives and advisers in managing that party’s affairs.
(vii) Communications for the purpose of obtaining medical care, advice or treatment for the anonymised parties.
It is Ordered [By Consent] That:
1. The identity of the Claimant, the deceased and the dependant as a party to these proceedings is protected and shall not be published.
2. Pursuant to CPR Rule 39.2(4), there shall not be disclosed in any report of these proceedings or other publication the name or address of the Claimant, the deceased, dependents of the deceased or other immediate
family members of the Claimant or the deceased, or any details (including other names, addresses, or a specific combination of facts) that could lead to the identification of BXB as the Claimant in these proceedings, DXD as
the deceased or EXE as and a dependent of the deceased. The parties shall be referred to as set out at paragraph 3 of this Order.
3. In any judgment or report of these proceedings, or other publication (by whatever medium) in relation thereto:
(i) The Claimant shall be referred to as “BXB”.
(ii) The deceased shall be referred to as “DXD”
(iii) The dependent of the deceased shall be referred to as “EXE”
(iv) Any other details liable to lead to the identification of the Claimant, the deceased or the deceased’s dependent (including any names of other immediate family members or their addresses) shall be redacted before publication.
4. Pursuant to CPR Rules 5.4C and 5.4D:
(i) A person who is not a party to the proceedings may not obtain a copy of a statement of case, judgment or order from the Court records unless the statement of case, judgment or order has been anonymised in accordance with subparagraphs 3(i) to (iii) above.
(ii) If a person who is not a party to the proceedings applies (pursuant to CPR r.5.4C(1B) or (2)) for permission to inspect or obtain a copy of any other document or communication, such application shall be on at least 7 days’ notice to the Claimant’s solicitor,
trustee or deputy.
5. The Court file shall be clearly marked with the words “An anonymity order was made in this case on …. and any application by a non-party to inspect or obtain a copy document from this file must be dealt with in accordance
with the terms of that Order.”
6. Any interested party, whether or not a party to the proceedings, may apply to the Court to vary or discharge this Order, provided that any such application is made on notice to the Claimant’s solicitor, trustee or deputy, and that 7 days’ prior notice of the intention to make such an application is given.
7. Pursuant to the ‘Practice Guidance: Publication of Privacy and Anonymity Orders’ issued by the Master of the Rolls dated 16 April 2019 a copy of this Order shall be published on the Judicial Website of the High Court of
Justice (www.judiciary.uk). For that purpose, a court officer will send a copy of the order by email to the Judicial Office at email@example.com.
8. The costs of obtaining this order be costs in the case.