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[F1Jurisdiction and procedureE+W


(1)A person must not publish to the public at large or any section of the public any material which is intended, or likely, to identify—

(a)any child which is being involved in any proceedings before the High Court or the family court in which any power under this Act may be exercised by the court with respect to any child; or

(b)an address or school as being that of a child involved in any such proceedings.

(2)In any proceedings for an offence under this section it is a defence for the accused to prove that he or she did not know, and had no reason to suspect, that the published material was intended, or likely, to identify the child.

(3)The court or the Lord Chancellor may, if satisfied that the welfare of the child requires it and, in the case of the Lord Chancellor, if the Lord Chief Justice agrees, by order dispense the requirements of subsection (1) to such extent as may be specified in the order.

(4)For the purposes of this section—

(5)Any person who contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(6)The Lord Chief Justice may nominate a judicial office holder (as defined in section 109(4) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005) to exercise his or her functions under subsection (3).]