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The Court Files Privileged Access Rules (Northern Ireland) 2016

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8.—(1) An applicant to whom the Department has released a court file under these Rules must—

(a)keep the court file confidential and stored securely;

(b)not copy, or permit the copying of, the court file other than as permitted by rule 8(3);

(c)not reformat, or permit the reformatting of, the court file;

(d)not publish, or permit the publication of, the court file, except where such permission has been sought and granted under rule 9; and

(e)notify the Office in writing of any change of name or address.

(2) A person who is subject to the undertaking at Schedule 1 may share with a solicitor a court file released under these Rules for the purposes of obtaining legal advice.

(3) A solicitor who is subject to the undertaking at Schedule 2 may copy, or permit the copying of, a court file released under these Rules for the purposes of—

(a)sharing the court file with counsel;

(b)sharing the court file with medical or other expert witnesses; or

(c)making a submission to the Attorney General to request a new inquest under section 14(1) of the Coroners Act (Northern Ireland) 1959(1).

(4) An applicant who receives a court file under these Rules shall within ten years of the date on which the Department released the court file—

(a)return to the Office the court file and any copy of the court file; or

(b)apply in writing to the Department for permission to retain the court file for a further period of time.

(5) Upon receipt of an application under rule 8(4) the Minister may permit the applicant to retain the court file for such further period of time as the Minister may decide.

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