Definition of Mary Bell order in English:

Mary Bell order

noun

English Law
  • A court order prohibiting the publication of information which might lead to the identification of a child who is a ward of court or otherwise involved in legal proceedings.

Origin

1990s; earliest use found in The Guardian. From the name of Mary Bell (b. 1957), who was tried for manslaughter in 1968 + order.

Pronunciation

Mary Bell order

/ˌmɛːrɪ ˈbɛl ˌɔːdə/