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Changes to press reporting restrictions in court 01/09/2015 Changes to the rules around press identification of children in criminal court cases are now in force.

Changes to press reporting restrictions in court 

Changes to the rules around press identification of children in criminal court cases come into force today. 

Until now, members of the press were prohibited from identifying children aged under 16 who are involved in such court proceedings, whether as a victim, witness or accused. Under the new rules, the age restrictions are increased to apply to children aged under 18. 

The court will still be able to lift any reporting restrictions if it considers this to be in the public interest.

The change comes as part of the latest package of measures to be implemented from the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014, which come into force on 1st September 2015. 

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