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Casado Coca v Spain: ECHR 24 Feb 1994

The right to freedom of expression is not personal to the individual and is capable of being enjoyed by corporate legal persons, and commercial advertising, such as that of the claimants, is protected by Article 10(1). However, the control of lawyers’ right to advertise their practices, was not a breach of the right of free … Continue reading Casado Coca v Spain: ECHR 24 Feb 1994

Tabernacle v Secretary of State for Defence: Admn 6 Mar 2008

The court considered the validity of bye-laws used to exclude protesters from land near a military base at Aldermarston. Held: The byelaw which banned an ‘camp’ was sufficiently certain, but not that part which sought to ban any person who wished to ‘attach anything to, or place any thing over any wall, fence, structure or … Continue reading Tabernacle v Secretary of State for Defence: Admn 6 Mar 2008

Core Issues Trust v Transport for London: Admn 22 Mar 2013

The claimant sought judicial review of the decision made by TfL not to allow an advertisement on behalf of the Trust to appear on the outside of its buses. It was to read: ‘NOT GAY! EX-GAY, POST-GAY AND PROUD. GET OVER IT!’. The decision was said to be based on the resondent’s policies. The respondent … Continue reading Core Issues Trust v Transport for London: Admn 22 Mar 2013

Handyside v The United Kingdom: ECHR 7 Dec 1976

Freedom of Expression is Fundamental to Society The appellant had published a ‘Little Red Schoolbook’. He was convicted under the 1959 and 1964 Acts on the basis that the book was obscene, it tending to deprave and corrupt its target audience, children. The book claimed that it was intended to teach school children about sex, … Continue reading Handyside v The United Kingdom: ECHR 7 Dec 1976

Attorney Generals Office (Central Government ): ICO 12 Oct 2015

ICO The complainant submitted five questions about the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the European Convention on Human Rights. The AGO did not treat the questions as requests for information under the FOIA however the Commissioner considers that it should have done. During the Commissioner’s investigation the AGO confirmed that it did not hold any … Continue reading Attorney Generals Office (Central Government ): ICO 12 Oct 2015

Attorney General v Scotcher: HL 19 May 2005

Following a trial, a juror wrote to the defendant’s mother to say that other jury members had not considered the case in a proper manner. He had been given written advice that he was not free to discuss a case with anyone. He appealed his conviction for contempt of court, saying that his intention had … Continue reading Attorney General v Scotcher: HL 19 May 2005

The Sunday Times (No 1) v The United Kingdom: ECHR 26 Apr 1979

Offence must be ;in accordance with law’ The court considered the meaning of the need for an offence to be ‘in accordance with law.’ The applicants did not argue that the expression prescribed by law required legislation in every case, but contended that legislation was required only where the common law rules were so uncertain … Continue reading The Sunday Times (No 1) v The United Kingdom: ECHR 26 Apr 1979

Regina v Johnstone: HL 22 May 2003

The defendant was convicted under the 1994 Act of producing counterfeit CDs. He argued that the affixing of the name of the artist to the CD was not a trade mark use, and that the prosecution had first to establish a civil offence before his act could become criminal. The prosecutor appealed the decision of … Continue reading Regina v Johnstone: HL 22 May 2003

Kennedy v Charity Commission: CA 20 Mar 2012

The claimant sought disclosure of an investigation conducted by the respondent. The respondent replied that the material was exempt within section 32(2). The court had found that that exemption continued permanently even after the inquiry was complete, but now turned to the claimant’s assertion that this violated his article 10 rights, and that section 32(2) … Continue reading Kennedy v Charity Commission: CA 20 Mar 2012