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Abolish Name Suppression

Current Situation

Anyone charged with a criminal offence and awaiting trial or sentencing may apply to the court for an order suppressing publication of their name, with the exception of those convicted on alcohol or drug-related offences.

Judges can exercise their discretion to order name suppression.

The Court may grant a temporary order preventing publication of an offenders name for a limited period of time or may grant a permanent order.

Changes SST would like to see:

  1. The names of anyone charged with a criminal offence are made publicly available in most cases,
  2. Permanent name suppression of offenders is only granted if the complainant/victim requests and/or agrees to it.