Consultation on Rules on Reporting Restrictions

The consultation document and the associated downloadable documents can be accessed below: 
Reporting Restrictions Consultation Document
Draft Instrument for Consultation
Respondent Information Form and Consultation Questionnaire


This consultation seeks views on the proposal of amendments to already existing rules on reporting restrictions in the Court of Session.  It is proposed that the new rules for the Court of Session, outlined, should be extended to all instances where the court is considering making an anonymisation order restricting the reporting of proceedings, and should introduce an opportunity for the media to make representations to the court before such an order is made.

For the purpose of this consultation a draft Act of Sederunt has been prepared. Although it only makes provision for the Court of Session it is proposed is that these rules would be replicated in the other rules of court.

What Happens Next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help the SCJC reach a view on draft rules for reporting restrictions.  It is intended to publish a consultation report on the SCJC website, following the meeting of the SCJC on 18 November 2013.


Lisa Gamble