Jo Glanville, editor of Index on Censorship, commented: “This is an important decision. For the very first case heard by the Supreme Court to be held under conditions of anonymity would have been a blow to the concepts of a free press and open justice, which should be at the core of the court’s operations.”
Index on Censorship was party to a challenge to the anonymity orders in the case of A, K, M and HAY v HM Treasury.
Delivering the judgement, Lord Rodger commented: “If newspapers can identify the people concerned, they may be able to give a more vivid and compelling account which will stimulate discussion of the impact of freezing orders and their impact upon the communities in which people live. Concealing their identities simply casts a shadow over entire communities.”
The Supreme Court replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords as the highest court in the United Kingdom in October 2009.