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Transgender people: judges advised to use preferred personal pronouns

Updated guidance for England and Wales judiciary says it is ‘common courtesy’ to do so in cases involving trans people

Judges have been told that it is a matter of “common courtesy” in cases involving transgender people to use the personal pronoun and name that a person prefers, and that reporting restrictions could be used to prevent a previous name being disclosed.

In updated guidance, they were also reminded that there is a high level of transphobic hate crime, which is believed to be greatly underreported, and that trans people may be apprehensive about coming to court, particularly when there was a risk of possible disclosure of their medical history.

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