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Venables and another v News Group Papers Ltd and others [2019] EWHC 494 (Fam)

Mar 13, 2019, 12:03 PM
Publicity and reporting – Anonymity order for life – Child offenders – James Bulger murder – Subsequent offending – Whether the order should be varied to permit reporting of the recent offending
The application to vary or discharge the lifelong anonymity order in respect of ‘Jon Venables’ was refused.
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(Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane P, 4 March 2019)

Publicity and reporting – Anonymity order for life – Child offenders – James Bulger murder – Subsequent offending – Whether the order should be varied to permit reporting of the recent offending

The application to vary or discharge the lifelong anonymity order in respect of ‘Jon Venables’ was refused.


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Neutral Citation Number: [2019] EWHC 494

Case No: FD18F00008

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

FAMILY DIVISION

Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 04/03/2019

Before :

SIR ANDREW MCFARLANE

PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY DIVISION

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Between :

(1) Jon Venables
(2) Robert Thompson
Claimants

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(1) News Group Papers Limited
(2) Associated Newspapers Limited MGN Limited
Defendants

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(1) Ralph Stephen Bulger
(2) James Patrick Bulger
Applicants

The second Claimant and the Defendants did not appear

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Sir James Eadie QC and Mr Simon Pritchard. (instructed by Treasury Solicitor) for the Attorney General
Edward Fitzgerald QC and Mr. Jonathan Price (instructed by Bhatt- Murphy) for the claimants
Mr. Robin Makin (of E. Makin & Co) appeared for the Applicants

Hearing date: 26th February 2019

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Approved Judgment

I direct that pursuant to CPR PD 39A para 6.1 no official shorthand note shall be taken of this Judgment and that copies of this version as handed down may be treated as authentic.

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SIR ANDREW MCFARLANE PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY DIVISION

This judgment was delivered in private. The judge has given leave for this version of the judgment to be published on condition that (irrespective of what is contained in the judgment) in any published version of the judgment the anonymity of the children and members of their family must be strictly preserved. All persons, including representatives of the media, must ensure that this condition is strictly complied with. Failure to do so will be a contempt of court.

 

Judgment: Venables and another v News Group Papers Ltd [2019] EWHC 49

 

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