At present, 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 depending on the submissions presented to them.

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.

There have been far too many examples to list here of offenders hiding behind name suppression because they are up and coming sports people or that should their identity be publically available it would ‘disadvantage’ them or their family in some claimed way.

SST’s firm position is that there should be NO permanent name suppression granted unless the complainant or victim requests and/or agrees to it. Sadly, while there are good grounds in many familial sexual assault cases for name suppression to be granted, we also propose that if the relationship between the offender and victim is never published, the offenders name does not need to be suppressed after conviction (everyone is innocent until proven guilty) which would help a) the offender become responsible for their actions, b) the public to be aware of the offenders behavior and c) the likelihood of other previous victims to come forward.

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