CM -v- Devon County Council (anonymity order)

Administrative CourtHigh CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order

Case number: AC-2024-CDF-000004

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

30 January 2024


His Honour Judge Keyser KC sitting as a Judge of the High Court


The King on the application of


Devon County Council


Libraries Unlimited South West
(Interested party)


UPON the Claimant’s application, by notice dated 12 January 2024 and filed on 15 January 2024, for an order for interim relief and for anonymity

AND UPON reading the documents on the Court file

AND UPON the Judge being unable to find the Statement of Facts and Grounds on CE-File, though it appears that it was uploaded via the Document Upload link

AND UPON it appearing that the claim and necessary accompanying papers were served on the Defendant on 15 January or 16 January 2024 (depending on which document one looks at)


1. Pursuant to CPR r. 39.2(4), and in order to protect the interests of the Claimant, the identity of the Claimant shall not be disclosed directly or indirectly and for the purposes of these proceedings the Claimant shall be referred to as CM.

2. A non-party may not inspect or obtain a copy of any document on or from the Court file (other than this order duly anonymised as directed) without the permission of a Judge. Any application for such permission must be made on notice to the Claimant, and the Court will effect service.

3. The Defendant must file and serve its Summary Grounds of Defence and any response to the application for interim relief and anonymity by 4 p.m. on 5 February 2024.

4. If the Claimant wishes to rely on any evidence in reply to the Defendant’s response to the application, she must file and serve such evidence by 12 p.m. on 7 February 2024.

5. The Claimant’s application is to be referred to a Judge for consideration on the papers upon the earlier of (a) the Claimant notifying the Court that she does not intend to rely on any evidence pursuant to paragraph 4 above and (b) the Claimant filing evidence pursuant to paragraph 4 above.

6. As this Order has been made without hearing representations from any party, any party may apply for it to be set aside or varied, but any such application must be made promptly.