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TDZ -v- London Borough of Lambeth (anonymity)

|High Court|Anonymity Order

Claim No. QB-2020-003348

 IN THE ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE
QUEENS BENCH DIVISION

 5 October 2020

Before:
Master Dagnall sitting in private
Between:
TDZ
(By Their Litigation Friend QDM)
-v-
LONDON BOROUGH OF LAMBETH


UPON the Application of the Claimant (“the Application”) made by Notice of
Application dated 24 September 2020 And without a Hearing or Notice of the
Application having been served upon the Defendant
AND UPON consideration of the Claimant’s Article 8 right to respect for private and family life and the Article 10 right to freedom of expression
AND UPON Court considering the Notice of Application and the accompanying draft order sought by it AND THAT:
1. The action is one which is likely to attract significant media attention and publicity.
2. The action relates to events which occurred when the Claimant was a child; the Claimant is now a protected party; and the action is for the approval of a settlement.
3. Publicity revealing the identity or address/location of the Claimant (or the Litigation Friend) could unfairly damage the interest of the Claimant and their family and give rise to serious harm to the Claimant or their family.
4. Publicity revealing the identity or address/location of the Litigation Friend (or the Claimant) could unfairly damage the interest of the Litigation Friend and their family and give rise to serious harm to the Litigation Friend or their family.
5. Sitting in private is necessary to secure the proper administration of justice and including because publicity would defeat the object of the Application and of this Order and lead to the above harm.
6. Non-disclosure of the identity of and anonymity of the Claimant and of the Litigation Friend and of the Claimant’s and of the Litigation Friend’s address/location is necessary in order to protect the interests of the Claimant and of the Litigation Friend, and to secure the proper administration of justice
AND pursuant to the section 11 Contempt of Court Act 1981, Civil Procedure Rules 1998 rules 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.10, 5.4 A-D and 39.2 and the inherent jurisdiction of the Court.
AND UPON the Claimant’s particular condition meaning that they would be vulnerable in his community were their identity as the protected party herein be publicly known, and the Court being satisfied that there is no public interest in disclosure that outweighs the need for anonymity, the Court has determined that it would be proportionate to order that the Claimant and their Litigation Friend shall be referred to herein and for the purposes of these proceedings only by the initials as set out in the heading of this order save for the purposes of any necessary confidential communications between the parties’ legal advisors and/or the court.
AND UPON a copy of the court’s order being published on the website of the Judiciary of England and Wales (which may be found at www.judiciary.uk). Any person who is not a party to the proceedings may apply to set aside or vary the order.
IT IS ORDERED AND DIRECTED THAT:-
1. The identity and the address/location of the Claimant or of the Litigation Friend be not disclosed or published without the permission of the court (other than as required for the purposes of the carrying on of this action).
2. There be substituted for all purposes in this action in place of references to the Claimant and the Litigation Friend by name, and whether orally or in writing, reference to the sequence of characters, TDZ and QDM respectively; and the Claimant shall be described in all statements of case and other documents to be filed or served in the proceedings and in any judgment or order in the proceedings and in any report of the proceedings by the press or otherwise as “TDZ” and the Litigation Friend as “QDM”.
3. The address of the Claimant and of the Litigation Friend be stated in all statements of case and other documents to be filed or served in the proceedings as the address of the Claimant’s solicitors.

  1. That insofar as necessary, any statement of case or other document disclosing the Claimant’s or the Litigation Friend’s name or address already filed in the proceedings be replaced by a document describing such name or address in anonymised form as above (and in the meantime shall be kept confidential), and the Claimant’s solicitor shall have permission to file with the court such copies of such documents adjusted so as to comply therewith.
    5. The original of any such statement of case or other document disclosing the name or address/location of the Claimant or the Litigation Friend (and in particular any Claim Form, or any statement of case, judgment, Order or other document to which anyone might have access to pursuant to Rule 5.4 A-D or otherwise at any time) are to be retained by the Court in a sealed envelope, marked “Not to be opened without the permission of a Judge or Master or District Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division”, or, if electronically filed or scanned, shall be placed on the court file and marked “confidential: not to be opened without the permission of a Master or High Court Judge”
    6. Any person not a party to this action may not inspect or obtain a copy of any document on or from the Court file (other than this order duly anonymised as directed) and whether pursuant to Part 5.4 A-D of the Civil Procedure Rules or otherwise, without the permission of a Judge or Master of the Queen’s Bench Division/ Any application for such permission must be made on notice to the Claimant and the Court will effect service. The Court file is to be retained by the Court and marked “Anonymised”.
    7. The reporting restrictions apply as to the disclosing of any information that may lead to the subsequent identification of the Claimant or the Litigation Friend. The publication of the name or address/location of the Claimant or the Litigation Friend or of any member of the Claimant’s or the Litigation Friend’s immediate family is prohibited.
    8. The Claimant must serve a copy of this Order and of the Notice of Application upon the Defendant and otherwise comply with CPR Rule 23.9 by no later than service of the Claim Form.
    9. The Defendant may apply under CPR Rule 23.10 to set aside or vary this Order within seven days of service of it upon them.
    10.Any non-party affected by this Order may apply on notice to all parties to have this Order set aside or varied.
    11.The Claimant has permission to apply to set aside or vary this order.
    12.The provisions of this Order shall not apply to:-
    a. communications between the Court Funds Office and the anonymised party or Litigation Friend in relation to the payment of money into the Court Funds Office for the benefit of the anonymised party or the investment or treatment of payment out of such money;
    b. communications between the Court Funds Office and/or the anonymised party or Litigation Friend and any financial institution concerned as to the receipt or investment of such money; or
    c. records kept by the Court Funds Office or the anonymised party or Litigation Friend or any such financial institution in relation to such money.
    13. A copy of this Order shall be published on the judicial website of the High Court of Justice specifying that the Claimant shall be referred to as TDZ and his Litigation Friend shall be referred to as QDM
    14.The costs of the Application are reserved.

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