The Campaign for Complainer Anonymity (CCA) is a law reform campaign led by legal academics and law students at Glasgow Caledonian University. We are campaigning to change the law on complainer anonymity in sexual offence cases in Scotland.
In Scotland, complainers in sexual offence cases do not have an automatic right to anonymity. Complainers in many other jurisdictions around the world – including in our nearest neighbours England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland – have an automatic right to anonymity. But not in Scotland.
That’s why we want to change the law.
Dr Andrew Tickell and Seonaid Stevenson-McCabe, Lecturers in Law at GCU, are working with our students to create this change. Our students are researching the positions in other jurisdictions, undertaking comparative research work, to inform the law reform process. We want to understand what works well in other parts of the world and what pitfalls we need to avoid. By conducting this research, we want to ensure that Scottish law reform in this area is an example of best practice.
We also believe that public legal education is important. We are therefore raising awareness of this legislative gap and explaining why reform is necessary. We’ll be doing that outreach work via our social media channels and through podcasts.
We believe that complainers in Scottish sexual offence cases deserve the right to anonymity. Please join us in demanding #ComplainerAnonymityNow