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Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2007-08

Last updated: 24 February 2009 at 15:05

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Long title

To make provision for the making of orders for securing the anonymity of witnesses in criminal proceedings.


This Bill would abolish the common law rules relating to anonymity orders for witnesses in criminal trials and replace them with statutory powers. This is in response to the judgment of the House of Lords, on 18 June 2008, in R v Davis, in which it was held that the measures ordered by the court to ensure the anonymity of some witnesses had been beyond its jurisdiction.The Bill has been introduced as an emergency measure because the judgment is likely to affect a number of ongoing prosecutions in which similar anonymity measures have been ordered, as well as convictions resulting from trials in which witnesses have given evidence anonymously.

Sponsoring departments

Ministry of Justice
Mr Jack Straw
Labour, Blackburn
Ministry of Justice
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath
Labour, Life peer

Current version of the Bill

Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008 c.15 - html version
29 July 2008

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
In progress
Not applicable
Not yet reached