Re A (a child) UKSC 60 (12 December 2012)

The SC dealt with balancing irreconcilable interests in a case where a vulnerable young women (X) made an allegation in confidence to authorities that she had been seriously sexually abused by the father of a little girl (A). X sought to prevent the disclosure of details of her allegations and identity within the proceedings relating to A on the grounds this would subject her to inhuman and degrading treatment and be an interference with her private life. The SC did not accept the Art 3 argument and ordered disclosure as the rights of A, her father and mother to a fair trial took precedence over X’s privacy.