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