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Children Act 1989

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97Privacy for children involved in certain proceedings

(1)Rules made under section 144 of the [1980 c. 43.] Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 may make provision for a magistrates' court to sit in private in proceedings in which any powers under this Act may be exercised by the court with respect to any child.

(2)No person shall publish any material which is intended, or likely, to identify—

(a)any child as being involved in any proceedings before a magistrates' court in which any power under this Act may be exercised by the court with respect to that or any other child; or

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

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

(4)The court or the Secretary of State may, if satisfied that the welfare of the child requires it, by order dispense with the requirements of subsection (2) to such extent as may be specified in the order.

(5)For the purposes of this section—

  • “publish” includes—

    (a)

    broadcast by radio, television or cable television; or

    (b)

    cause to be published; and

  • “material” includes any picture or representation.

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

(7)Subsection (1) is without prejudice to—

(a)the generality of the rule making power in section 144 of the Act of 1980; or

(b)any other power of a magistrates' court to sit in private.

(8)Section 71 of the Act of 1980 (newspaper reports of certain proceedings) shall apply in relation to any proceedings to which this section applies subject to the provisions of this section.

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