Section 49 of act offers anonymity to ASBO juveniles

Last week’s story about the Anti-Social Behaviour Act incorrectly stated that juveniles who appear in youth court charged with breaching an ASBO do not have automatic anonymity.

They do, under Section 49 of the Children and Young Persons Act.

Anonymity can only be lifted after the juvenile has been convicted if the court thinks it is in the public interest to do so.

As stated last week, the automatic anonymity ceases when an application for an ASBO is made at a hearing at which the juvenile has been convicted.

And then it applies only to the part of the proceedings concerned with the ASBO.

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