A and Others’ Application (Nelson Witnesses)

Authors / Contributors: Bridget Dolan KC , Debra Powell KC
A and Others’ Application (Nelson Witnesses)
Issue: Whether, where some risk to life was identified, the test for refusing anonymity of witnesses to an inquiry was that there was a ‘compelling justification’ for refusing anonymity or whether the decision should be a balancing exercise weighing up the risks to the witness against the interests of openness.
Court: Northern Ireland Court of Appeal
Reference:   (KER7405; HIG7410; GIR7408)
Neutral Citation:   [2009] NICA 6
Judge(s): Kerr LCJ, Higgins and Girvan LJJ
Date: 11 February 2009