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Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Act 1978

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82Restriction on newspaper reports of domestic proceedings

(1)In subsection (1) of section 58 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1952 (which relates to newspaper reports of domestic proceedings) at the beginning there shall be inserted the words " In the case of domestic proceedings in a magistrates' court (other than proceedings under the Adoption Act 1976) " and for the words " domestic proceedings in a magistrates' court" there shall be substituted the words " the proceedings ".

(2)After subsection (1) of the said section 58 there shall be inserted the following subsections—

(1A)In the case of domestic proceedings in a magistrates' court under the [1976 c. 36.] Adoption Act 1976, subsection (1) above shall apply with the omission of paragraphs (a) and (b) and the reference in that subsection to the particulars of the proceedings shall, in relation to any child concerned in the proceedings, include—

(a)the name, address or school of the child,

(b)any picture as being, or including, a picture of the child, and

(c)any other particulars calculated to lead to the identification of the child.

(1B)Until the coming into operation of the Adoption Act 1976 this section shall have effect as if for any reference to that Act there were substituted a reference to the [1958 c. 5 (7 & 8 Eliz. 2).] Adoption Act 1958, the [1960 c. 59.] Adoption Act 1960 and Part I of the [1975 c. 72.] Children Act 1975..

(3)For subsection (2) of the said section 58 there shall be substituted the following subsection—

(2)Any person acting in contravention of this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500..

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