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

Administrative CourtHigh CourtKing's Bench DivisionAnonymity Order


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

6 July 2023


The Honourable Mr Justice Lane


The King on the application of
(1) MN and others
(2) ZR and others


Secretary of State for the Home Department

Secretary of State for Defence

Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs


On an application by the claimants for anonymity, the setting of an interim relief hearing, abridgement of time for filing and service of the acknowledgment of service/summary grounds of defence and directions for listing etc in the event that permission to apply for judicial review is granted
Following consideration of the documents lodged by the claimant and the defendant; and of the order of Fordham J in CO/2397/2023
ORDER by the Honourable Mr Justice Lane

  1. The claimants’ applications for an anonymity order are granted under CPR r. 39.2(4) and/or the general case management powers in CPR r. 3.1(2). The claimants in these actions and their respective family members shall have anonymity until further order. No report or publication of these proceedings shall directly or indirectly identify the claimants. Pursuant to CPR r.5.4(c), a person who is 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 titles, the claimants’ names shall be replaced by MN and Others (in CO/2388/2023) and ZR and Others (in CO/2392/2023). Failure to comply with this direction could lead to contempt of court proceedings.
  2. The second witness statement of Daniel Carey accompanying the claimants’ applications of 29 June 2023 shall be kept confidential to the parties and the court pursuant to CPR 31.22(2) and 5.4C(2).
  3. The papers in these cases are to be placed before a judge for consideration as soon as practicable after the deadline under the CPR for filing the acknowledgments of service/summary grounds of defence in these cases (namely, 19 July 2023).
  4. For the avoidance of doubt, the summary grounds of defence will be expected also to deal with the issue of interim relief (as set out in Order 2 accompanying the applications of 2 July 2023)


Following the order of Fordham J in CO/2397/2023, the claimants have acknowledged that there are limitations to what they can properly ask the court to do, at this stage.