The principle of open justice has been reaffirmed by The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Defendants should never be tried anonymously.
Speaking at his annual press conference, Thomas said: “We don’t want a situation where there are anonymous defendants and [where] the matter has to come to the court of appeal to resolve it. There needs to be much clearer guidelines … so that the prospect of an anonymous defendant is something we would never see again in the courts. I believe passionately in justice and if justice is not open it’s not justice.”