Youth defendants ‘can be named before proceedings start’

The 15-year-old boy accused of killing teacher Ann Maguire in her classroom could legally be named by media before actual court proceedings began, advised UK Press Gazette’s legal columnist in April. Under the Children and Young Person’s Act, anonymity is only required once proceedings start. The Editors’ Code says it should only happen in cases of strong public interest. Read more

The government decided in July 2014 not to enact legal changes to this position, preferring to leave self-regulation in place pending a Royal Charter, reported Cleland Thom in Press Gazette. Read more