Published 4th February 2021

The High Court has granted a life long worldwide injunction preserving the anonymity of two girl prisoners who committed murder as children.

For the first time in this exceptional jurisdiction the Court found that it had a duty under Article 2 and Article 3 ECHR (risk to life/prohibition on torture) to make a lifelong anonymity order to prevent the real and immediate risk of suicide and self harm by F, a young vulnerable person, should her identity be revealed. D was also found to be at risk. The Court also found for the Claimants on Article 8 ECHR due to the potential harm to their rehabilitation should their identities be known.

Jane Ryan of Bhatt Murphy acted for F and Jennifer Twite of Just for Kids acted for D with Jonathan Price and Edward Fitzgerald QC of Doughty Street Chambers.

The judgment is available here and the order is here.

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