Automatic suppression of previous convictions

Heading: inserted, on 26 August 2020, by section 29 of the Contempt of Court Act 2019 (2019 No 44).

199A Automatic suppression of details of previous convictions

(1)

Once a proceeding has commenced for a category 3 offence or a category 4 offence (offence A), no person may publish details of any of the defendant’s previous convictions for any other offence except as permitted by or under this section.

(2)

The automatic suppression in subsection (1) remains in force, unless earlier lifted by the court, until—

(a)

the jury delivers a verdict for offence A; or

(b)

the charge for offence A is withdrawn, dismissed, stayed, or otherwise disposed of; or

(c)

a Judge-alone trial starts for offence A.

(3)

However, the court may, by order made on application or on its own initiative,—

(a)

lift the suppression before the trial:

(b)

vary the effect of the suppression by permitting the publication of any details as specified in the order.

(4)

This section does not apply to information published before a proceeding is commenced, unless the court makes an order to that effect under section 199B(1).

Section 199A: inserted, on 26 August 2020, by section 29 of the Contempt of Court Act 2019 (2019 No 44).