MAL -v- Secretary of State for the Home Department (anonymity order)

Administrative CourtHigh CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order

Case number: AC-2023-LON-003312

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

8 November 2023


The Honourable Mr Justice Julian Knowles


The King on the application of


Secretary of State for the Home Department


On the Claimant’s application for interim relief
ORDER by the Honourable Mr Justice Julian Knowles

  1. The Claimant’s application for anonymity is granted.
  2. There be substituted for all purposes in this claim, in place of reference to the Claimant by name, and whether orally or in writing, reference to the letters ‘MAL’.
  3. The Court file is to be retained by the Court and marked ‘Anonymised’. Pursuant to CPR 5.4C, a person who is not a party to these proceedings may obtain a copy of pleadings, a judgment or order from the Court records only if the pleadings, judgment or order has been anonymised such that the Claimant is referred to as MAL in those documents and any address has been removed.
  4. Reporting restrictions apply as to the disclosing of any information that may lead to the subsequent identification of the Claimant. In particular, disclosure of the Claimant’s name or address is prohibited
  5. The Defendant shall respond to the Claimant’s application for interim relief within 72 hours.
  6. There shall be an inter partes interim relief hearing listed within 14 days thereafter with a time estimate of 1.5 hours. The parties are to exchange Skeleton Arguments no less than 48 hours before the hearing. The present bundle shall stand as the hearing bundle.
  7. Liberty to apply.
  8. Costs reserved.


  1. The Claimant is a national of Algeria. She is said to be exceptionally vulnerable, with a long history of physical abuse and sexual exploitation leading to serious mental health issues and drug addiction. She has been recognised as a victim of trafficking following repeated exploitation.
  2. She seeks interim relief in the form of provision of suitable accommodation. In the circumstances, this present order for interim relief is appropriate.