Control Orders

Home Department written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make an assessment of whether the restrictions on the law reporting of control order judgements enable counsel and courts to follow precedent effectively; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Minister of State (Home Office) (Crime and Policing)

holding answer 9 February 2010

Where sensitive intelligence material is used in control order proceedings, a closed judgment will normally be handed down by the court. These judgments cannot be made publicly available for public interest reasons. An accompanying open judgment will usually contain the court's findings on legal arguments of principle and is publicly available.

There are working practices which allow for judges and the special advocates appointed to act in the interests of the control person to access closed judgments in other cases where appropriate.

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