Case details

R v Mackinlay and others (Respondents)

Please note that there is a Reporting Restrictions Order in this case. These restrictions apply to members of the public using Twitter or other social media channels in the same way as they do to professional journalists.

Full details relating to these Reporting Restrictions are outlined below at the bottom of this page as well as in paragraph 31 of the actual judgment.

Judgment date

25 Jul 2018

Neutral citation number

[2018] UKSC 42

Case ID

UKSC 2018/0091


Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Hughes, Lord Hodge, Lord Lloyd-Jones

Judgment details

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Reporting Restrictions

R v Mackinlay and others (Respondents)

Case ID: UKSC 2018/0091

There are strict reporting restrictions in place, because:
  1. this is a criminal case in which any trial has yet to begin and no one yet knows what the evidence will be, still less what facts will be established;
  2. An Act of Parliament automatically prevents publication until after the trial of pre-trial proceedings except for the barest of details: names, addresses and the offences alleged; the aim is to ensure that the jury is not at risk of being affected by anything published and that the trial is not prejudiced in any way;
  3. it follows that there cannot be live streaming or the full reporting of the proceedings; and
  4. the restrictions will last until the end of any trial or further order, but will not be permanent.
The matters which may be reported are:
  1. the identity of the court(s) and the name of the judge(s);
  2. the names, ages, home addresses and occupations of the accused and witnesses;
  3. the offences charged, as summarised in this judgment;
  4. the names of counsel and solicitors engaged in the appeal;
  5. whether for the purposes of the appeal representation was provided to either of the accused under Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012; and
  6. this judgment.