*Re an application by JR38 for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland)

Human rights – Right to respect for private and family life. The appellant, who was aged 14 at the relevant time, had been photographed during a violent incident at an 'interface area' in Northern Ireland. The police were unable to ascertain his identity through other channels and so his image was authorised for publication in two newspapers with the aim of establishing his identity. The appellant sought judicial review of that authorisation, alleging that publication of his image had breached his right to respect for his private life contrary to art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Supreme Court dismissed his appeal. The test for a reasonable expectation of privacy had not been satisfied on the facts, which involved the publication, in the recent aftermath of criminal activity, of photographs taken of public rioting for the purpose of identifying those involved.

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