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Elgizouli v Secretary of State for The Home Department: SC 25 Mar 2020

Defendants were to face trial in the US, accused of monstrous crimes. The appellant challenged the release of information to the USA by the respondent to support such prosecutions when the death penalty was a possible outcome of a conviction: ‘The issue in this case is the legality of the Government’s decision to provide mutual … Continue reading Elgizouli v Secretary of State for The Home Department: SC 25 Mar 2020

Regina v Lyons, Parnes, Ronson, Saunders: HL 15 Nov 2002

The defendants had been convicted on evidence obtained from them by inspectors with statutory powers to require answers on pain of conviction. Subsequently the law changed to find such activity an infringement of a defendant’s human rights. Held: There was no requirement for a court to implement a Human Rights Court decision retrospectively to require … Continue reading Regina v Lyons, Parnes, Ronson, Saunders: HL 15 Nov 2002

In Re A (Minors) (Conjoined Twins: Medical Treatment); aka In re A (Children) (Conjoined Twins: Surgical Separation): CA 22 Sep 2000

Twins were conjoined (Siamese). Medically, both could not survive, and one was dependent upon the vital organs of the other. Doctors applied for permission to separate the twins which would be followed by the inevitable death of one of them. The parents, devout Roman Catholics, resisted. Held: The parents’ views were subject to the overriding … Continue reading In Re A (Minors) (Conjoined Twins: Medical Treatment); aka In re A (Children) (Conjoined Twins: Surgical Separation): CA 22 Sep 2000

Crown Prosecution Service, Regina (on The Application of) v Bolton Crown Court and Another: Admn 16 Nov 2012

Whether the Crown Court has power under regulation 3 of the Costs in Criminal Cases Regulations 1986, made under section 19(1) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, to make a costs order against a party to criminal proceedings in favour of another party’s counsel. Citations: [2012] EWHC 3570 (Admin), [2013] WLR(D) 13, [2013] 2 … Continue reading Crown Prosecution Service, Regina (on The Application of) v Bolton Crown Court and Another: Admn 16 Nov 2012

Angela Taylor Solicitors, Regina v: CACD 28 Nov 2008

The solicitors appealed against a wasted costs order. In defending a client on an allegation fo domestic violence they sought assistance from a local authrityabout a foster child. They drafted a witness summons, and served it on the authority, but the judge refused the summons. The solicitors failed to inform the authority that the summons … Continue reading Angela Taylor Solicitors, Regina v: CACD 28 Nov 2008

Regina v Manchester Coroner, ex parte Tal: 1985

The court asked whether the Divisional Court was bound by previous decisions of that court, and answered: ‘we find it difficult to imagine that a single judge exercising this (supervisory) jurisdiction (of the High Court) would ever depart from a decision of a Divisional Court.’ Citations: [1985] QB 67 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: … Continue reading Regina v Manchester Coroner, ex parte Tal: 1985

Macmillan Cancer Support, Regina (on The Application of) v Toogood (Costs): SCCO 12 May 2022

Judges: Costs Judge Leonard Citations: [2022] EWHC 1129 (SCCO) Links: Bailii Statutes: Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 17 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: See also – Macmillan Cancer Support, Regina (on The Application of) v Andrews SCCO 27-May-2022 . . Lists of cited by and citing cases may be incomplete. Costs Updated: 24 July … Continue reading Macmillan Cancer Support, Regina (on The Application of) v Toogood (Costs): SCCO 12 May 2022

F, Regina (on the Application of) v Crown Prosecution Service and Another: Admn 12 Dec 2003

Jackson J said: ‘Save in exceptional circumstances, it is quite inappropriate for this court to step into the shoes of the crown prosecutor and to retake decisions which Parliament has entrusted to the crown prosecutor under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.’ Judges: Jackson J Citations: [2003] EWHC 3266 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Prosecution of … Continue reading F, Regina (on the Application of) v Crown Prosecution Service and Another: Admn 12 Dec 2003

Ayliffe And Others v United Kingdom: ECHR 6 May 2008

The applicants are employees of or volunteers for Greenpeace. They boarded a cargo ship, preventing it continuing its voyage to harbour. They did so because they believed the cargo contained unlicensed animal feed and thus the importation was in breach of domestic criminal law. They were arrested the following day and tried for an offence … Continue reading Ayliffe And Others v United Kingdom: ECHR 6 May 2008

Crowch, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 15 Apr 2008

The applicant had successfully defended himself in person on a motoring charge, and appealed refusal of an order for costs in his favour. Loss of earnings. Citations: [2008] EWHC 948 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 19(1), Costs in Criminal Cases General Regulations 1986 3 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Magistrates, Costs Updated: … Continue reading Crowch, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 15 Apr 2008

Ewing, Regina (on the Application of) v Davis: Admn 2 Jul 2007

The court considered whether the District Judge had been correct to refuse to issue summonses for private prosecutions where there was a suggestion that only a private dispute at stake. Held: It ‘never was any requirement that a private prosecutor had to demonstrate that it was in the public interest that he should bring a … Continue reading Ewing, Regina (on the Application of) v Davis: Admn 2 Jul 2007

Lumba (WL) v Secretary of State for The Home Department: SC 23 Mar 2011

The claimants had been detained under the 1971 Act, after completing sentences of imprisonment pending their return to their home countries under deportations recommended by the judges at trial, or chosen by the respondent. They challenged as unlawful the respondent’s, at first unpublished, policy introduced in 2006, that by default, those awaiting deportation should be … Continue reading Lumba (WL) v Secretary of State for The Home Department: SC 23 Mar 2011

Da Silva, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: Admn 14 Dec 2006

An innocent bystander had been shot dead by police mistaking him for a suicide bomber. The claimant, a cousin, challenged decisions not to prosecute any officer for murder or manslaughter or any other criminal offence. Held: Review was refused: ‘A decision to prosecute can have a profound effect on the accused; and a decision not … Continue reading Da Silva, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: Admn 14 Dec 2006

Thomas v Central Criminal Court; Stubbs v Same: Admn 7 Jul 2006

The applicants sought judicial review of decisions to extend the custody time limits. Held: Where a further extension is sought, it is in the public interest and the interests of justice that the court should confine its consideration under paragraph (b) to whether there has been due diligence and expedition in relation to matters giving … Continue reading Thomas v Central Criminal Court; Stubbs v Same: Admn 7 Jul 2006

Regina v Derby Crown Court, ex parte Brooks: QBD 1985

The court set out the characteristics of abuse of process in criminal matters. It may be an abuse of process if: ‘the prosecution have manipulated or misused the process of the court so as to deprive the defendant of a protection provided by the law or to take unfair advantage of a technicality.’ and ‘The … Continue reading Regina v Derby Crown Court, ex parte Brooks: QBD 1985

Bell v Director of Public Prosecutions of Jamaica: PC 1985

The appellant had been sentenced to life for firearms offences. After a successfully appeal, a retrial was ordered. More than two years had passed, after a previous attempt failed for absent witnesses. Held: Referred to the US decision in Barker and Wingo (1972) 407 US 514, invoking the sixth amendment – ‘In all criminal prosecutions, … Continue reading Bell v Director of Public Prosecutions of Jamaica: PC 1985

Hammond, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: HL 1 Dec 2005

The claimants had been convicted of murder, but their tariffs had not yet been set when the 2003 Act came into effect. They said that the procedure under which their sentence tarriffs were set were not compliant with their human rights in that the tarriff was set by reference back to a judge without a … Continue reading Hammond, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: HL 1 Dec 2005

Le Brocq v The Liverpool Crown Court: CACD 1 Aug 2019

Appeal against a wasted costs order against the defence barrister as regards remarks made in his closing speech which were said to have been prejudicial to the fairness of the trial. Held: Allowed. Judges: The Lord Burnett of Maldon LCJ Citations: [2019] EWCA Crim 1398 Links: Bailii Statutes: Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 19A Jurisdiction: … Continue reading Le Brocq v The Liverpool Crown Court: CACD 1 Aug 2019

Ashton , Regina v; Regina v Draz; Regina v O’Reilly: CACD 5 Apr 2006

The court considered three appeals where there had been a procedural irregularity, and where the judge had taken some step to overcome that irregularity. In two cases the Crown Court judge had reconstituted himself as a district judge to correct a decision before going on with the case. Held: The court should consider first whether … Continue reading Ashton , Regina v; Regina v Draz; Regina v O’Reilly: CACD 5 Apr 2006

Seal v Chief Constable of South Wales Police: HL 4 Jul 2007

The claimant had sought to bring proceedings against the respondent, but as a mental patient subject to the 1983 Act, had been obliged by the section first to obtain consent. The parties disputed whether the failure was a procedural or substantial failing and whether it made the proceedings a nullity. Held: The claimant’s appeal failed. … Continue reading Seal v Chief Constable of South Wales Police: HL 4 Jul 2007

Clarke, Regina v; Regina v McDaid: HL 6 Feb 2008

An indictment had not been signed despite a clear statutory provision that it should be. The defects were claimed to have been cured by amendment before sentence. Held: The convictions failed. Sections 1(1) and 2(1) of the 1933 Act which provided for a bill of indictment (which had of itself no legal standing save as … Continue reading Clarke, Regina v; Regina v McDaid: HL 6 Feb 2008

Regina (on the Application of) Snelgrove v the Crown Court at Woolwich, and the Crown Prosecution Service: Admn 29 Sep 2004

The claimant awaited trial for GBH. The claimant sought judicial review of directions given for 1) to direct disclosure of material to the claimant; 2) to adjourn the application to enable him to call oral evidence; 3) to consider any material outside the copy witness statements relied upon by the prosecution; and 4) to dismiss … Continue reading Regina (on the Application of) Snelgrove v the Crown Court at Woolwich, and the Crown Prosecution Service: Admn 29 Sep 2004

HM Customs and Excise v City of London Magistrates’ Court and Others: Admn 17 May 2000

HMCE appealed by case stated from an order for costs made against it. It had applied for orders for access to three banks and a public limited company. On the orders being made, the court allowed costs against HMCE for the third parties involved, under the 1985 Act and 1986 Regulations. HMCE said that the … Continue reading HM Customs and Excise v City of London Magistrates’ Court and Others: Admn 17 May 2000

Independent Assessor v O’Brien, Hickey, Hickey: CA 29 Jul 2004

The claimants had been imprisoned for many years before their convictions were quashed. They claimed compensation under the Act. The assessor said that there should be deducted from the award the living expenses they would have incurred if they had not been in prison. Held: The statutory scheme replaced an ex gratia scheme, and there … Continue reading Independent Assessor v O’Brien, Hickey, Hickey: CA 29 Jul 2004

Regina (Gibson and Another) v Winchester Crown Court: QBD 24 Feb 2004

The defendant challenged extension of the custody time limit, saying that the prosecuting authorities had not acted with due diligence to take the case forward. Held: Though the prosecutor had not acted as required, in this case the actual reason for the delay lay at the feet of the court, and the prosecution’s failure had … Continue reading Regina (Gibson and Another) v Winchester Crown Court: QBD 24 Feb 2004

Andreas Kanaris v Governor of H M P Pentonville: Admn 17 Jan 2002

The defendant sought a writ of habeas corpus, asserting that the custody time limits in his matter had expired before his trial began. An application to extend the limits had to be made before the limit, and had to show proper conduct of the case. For serious fraud cases, such as this, the trial was … Continue reading Andreas Kanaris v Governor of H M P Pentonville: Admn 17 Jan 2002

Regina v Leicester Crown Court, ex parte Commissioners of Customs and Excise: QBD 23 Feb 2001

An order made by a judge that the prosecution pay the defence’s costs, which had been unnecessarily incurred after a failure properly to disclose evidence to them, was an order made as part of the Crown Court trial, and so was not susceptible to judicial review. Citations: Times 23-Feb-2001 Statutes: Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 … Continue reading Regina v Leicester Crown Court, ex parte Commissioners of Customs and Excise: QBD 23 Feb 2001

Hasan and Chaush v Bulgaria: ECHR 26 Oct 2000

The Grand Chamber considered executive interference in the appointment of the Chief Mufti of the Bulgarian Muslims: ‘Where the organisation of the religious community is at issue, Article 9 must be interpreted in the light of Article 11 of the Convention which safeguards associative life against unjustified State interference. Seen in this perspective, the believer’s … Continue reading Hasan and Chaush v Bulgaria: ECHR 26 Oct 2000

Samaroo and Sezek v Secretary of State for the Home Department: CA 17 Jul 2001

Two foreign nationals with leave to remain in this country committed serious crimes. The Secretary of State ordered their deportation. Held: Where the deportation of a foreigner following a conviction here, would conflict with his human rights, the court had to assess whether the, first, the objective could be achieved by some alternative, less interfering, … Continue reading Samaroo and Sezek v Secretary of State for the Home Department: CA 17 Jul 2001

Director of Public Prosecutions and others v Tokai and others: PC 12 Jun 1996

(Trinidad and Tobago) The appellant had been charged in 1981 with offences alleged to have been committed shortly before. The proceedings continued until his appeal for one was dismissed in 1988. The wounding charges were proceeded with only in 1994. He complained that the delay was an abuse, and his appeal succeeded. The prosecutor now … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions and others v Tokai and others: PC 12 Jun 1996

Regina v Hertfordshire County Council, ex parte Green Environmental Industries Ltd and Another: HL 17 Feb 2000

A notice was given to the holder of a waste disposal licence to require certain information to be provided on pain of prosecution. The provision of such information could also then be evidence against the provider of the commission of a criminal offence. Held: Nevertheless, the provision of such information was required in this case, … Continue reading Regina v Hertfordshire County Council, ex parte Green Environmental Industries Ltd and Another: HL 17 Feb 2000

Gregory v Portsmouth City Council: HL 10 Feb 2000

Disciplinary proceedings had been taken by the local authority against Mr Gregory, a council member, after allegations had been made that he had failed to declare conflicts of interest, and that he had used confidential information to secure a personal financial advantage. He had been found to have breached the relevant code of practice and … Continue reading Gregory v Portsmouth City Council: HL 10 Feb 2000

Naidike, Naidike and Naidike v The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago: PC 12 Oct 2004

(Trinidad and Tobago) The claimant was arrested following expiry of the last of his work permits and after he had failed to provide evidence of his intention to leave. As he was arrested he was also arrested for assaulting a police officer. He was not brought to court, and sought habeas corpus. An order was … Continue reading Naidike, Naidike and Naidike v The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago: PC 12 Oct 2004

Regina (Hale) v Southport Justices: QBD 14 Jan 2002

The applicant had been awarded the costs of his defence by the magistrates, but the bill was halved on assessment, on the basis that an agreement to engage a solicitor of more than four years admission to defend a charge of assault and battery, and to pay him on an hourly rate was unreasonable. He … Continue reading Regina (Hale) v Southport Justices: QBD 14 Jan 2002

Regina v Carroll and Al-Hasan and Secretary of State for Home Department: Admn 16 Feb 2001

The claimants challenged the instruction that they must squat whilst undergoing a strip search in prison. A dog search had given cause to supect the presence of explosives in the wing, and the officers understood that such explosives might be hidden anally. Held: The common thread in all the cases has been the search to … Continue reading Regina v Carroll and Al-Hasan and Secretary of State for Home Department: Admn 16 Feb 2001

Balchin v South Western Magistrates’ Court: Admn 2008

The successful defendant had been refused the costs of paying his counsel. Held: The assessor was wrong in asking himself whether the employment of counsel was necessary; that was the wrong test. The only issue was whether it was reasonable. Citations: [2008] EWHC 3037 (Admin) Statutes: Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 16 Cited by: Cited … Continue reading Balchin v South Western Magistrates’ Court: Admn 2008

Regina v Criminal Cases Review Commission, ex parte Hunt: CA 24 Nov 2000

The Commissioners of the Inland Revenue did have power to conduct a prosecution at the Crown Court without first obtaining the consent of the Attorney General, even though it was a police officer had actually laid the charge. A prosecution was conducted on behalf of a police force where the force had been involved in … Continue reading Regina v Criminal Cases Review Commission, ex parte Hunt: CA 24 Nov 2000

Jabbar, Regina (on The Application of) v The Sheffield Crown Court: Admn 10 Mar 2022

The claimant seeks judicial review of a refusal by the Recorder of Sheffield to release him on bail at a hearing on 21 October 2021. It is his case that the decision to remand him in custody was ultra vires and arose from the judge’s erroneous interpretation of s22(5)(b) of the Prosecution of Offences Act … Continue reading Jabbar, Regina (on The Application of) v The Sheffield Crown Court: Admn 10 Mar 2022

Johnson v Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: QBD 20 Apr 2000

A defendant appealed to the Crown Court against a conviction for causing unnecessary suffering to animals. Her appeal was dismissed, and the Crown Court awarded also the full costs of the prosecution before the magistrates, who had made a reduced award of costs. Though there was no right of appeal on a question of costs, … Continue reading Johnson v Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: QBD 20 Apr 2000

Regina on the Application of Davies (No 2) v HM Deputy Coroner for Birmingham: CA 27 Feb 2004

The claimant appealed against a costs order. She had previously appealed against an order of the High Court on her application for judicial review of the inquest held by the respondent. Held: The coroner, and others in a similar position should not generally be expected to pay the costs of an appeal against an order … Continue reading Regina on the Application of Davies (No 2) v HM Deputy Coroner for Birmingham: CA 27 Feb 2004

Jogee and Ruddock (Jamaica) v The Queen: SC 18 Feb 2016

Joint Enterprise Murder (and in Privy Council) The two defendants appealed against their convictions (one in Jamaica) for murder, under the law of joint enterprise. Each had been an accessory when their accomplice killed a victim with a knife. The judge in Jogee had directed the jury that he would be guilty of murder as … Continue reading Jogee and Ruddock (Jamaica) v The Queen: SC 18 Feb 2016

Wilson v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; Wilson v First County Trust Ltd (No 2): HL 10 Jul 2003

The respondent appealed against a finding that the provision which made a loan agreement completely invalid for lack of compliance with the 1974 Act was itself invalid under the Human Rights Act since it deprived the respondent lender of its property rights. It was also argued that it was not possible to make a declaration … Continue reading Wilson v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; Wilson v First County Trust Ltd (No 2): HL 10 Jul 2003

Customs and Excise Commissioners v City of London Magistrates’ Court: QBD 2000

Access orders were sought by the Customs and Excise against banks to facilitate an investigation into the affairs of taxpayers and the issue was whether the resulting proceedings constituted ‘criminal proceedings’ within the meaning of section 19(1). Held: ‘It is in my judgment the general understanding that criminal proceedings involve a formal accusation made on … Continue reading Customs and Excise Commissioners v City of London Magistrates’ Court: QBD 2000

Regina v Clerk to Liverpool Magistrates’ Court Ex Parte McCormick; Regina v Same; Ex Parte Larkin: QBD 12 Jan 2001

For the purposes of a defendant reclaiming his costs, those costs were incurred where there was a contractual obligation on him to pay, and it was wrong for the court first to insist that he pay them, and then re-imburse him. It was not dependent upon issues about the likelihood of him ever paying. They … Continue reading Regina v Clerk to Liverpool Magistrates’ Court Ex Parte McCormick; Regina v Same; Ex Parte Larkin: QBD 12 Jan 2001

Regina v Worcester Crown Court Ex Parte Norman: QBD 17 Feb 2000

Where a defendant was remanded in custody pending trial in the Crown Court, the trial date should be fixed at an early stage. Here, after repeated adjournments, the court had, three days before expiry of the limit, fixed a trial three months into the future. That ruling would have to stand, but in cases requiring … Continue reading Regina v Worcester Crown Court Ex Parte Norman: QBD 17 Feb 2000

Morgans v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 29 Dec 1998

The defendant argued that once the prosecutor had all the material on which the prosecution was eventually brought, then for the purposes of section 11(2) time began to run. Held: When considering the time limits for a prosecution under the Act, the officer investigating is the prosecutor, until the case is taken over by the … Continue reading Morgans v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 29 Dec 1998

In Re Hickman and Rose (Solicitors) (Wasted Costs Order) (No 10 of 1999): CACD 19 Apr 2000

After a trial was aborted, the solicitors, acting on counsel’s advice made an application for bail under the rules applying to the custody time limits. An unreported case had already decided the point, namely that once the jury had ben sworn, the limits ceased to apply. Though counsel, once told of the decision sought to … Continue reading In Re Hickman and Rose (Solicitors) (Wasted Costs Order) (No 10 of 1999): CACD 19 Apr 2000

E v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 1 Feb 2005

The defendant appealed against his conviction for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16. He was himself under 16, and complained that the section turned the girl into a victim and him into an offender and that this was discriminatory. Held: Article 6 was not concerned with issues relating to the substance of … Continue reading E v Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 1 Feb 2005

Regina (Director of Public Prosecutions) v Aylesbury Crown Court and Another: Admn 24 Nov 2017

Application by the Crown Prosecution Service for judicial review seeking an order quashing a costs order made against it and made under section 19 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (the 1985 Act) and the Costs in Criminal Cases (General) Regulation 1986 (the Regulations). Judges: Sharp LJ, Julian Knowles j Citations: [2017] EWHC 2987 … Continue reading Regina (Director of Public Prosecutions) v Aylesbury Crown Court and Another: Admn 24 Nov 2017

James, Regina (on The Application of) v South West Surrey Magistrates’ Court: Admn 18 Apr 2000

Mr James applies for an order of judicial review to quash a decision of Surrey Justices sitting in Guildford who on 18 September 1997 refused him a defendant’s costs order. The question for decision is whether the justices were properly entitled to refuse such an order. Judges: The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales … Continue reading James, Regina (on The Application of) v South West Surrey Magistrates’ Court: Admn 18 Apr 2000

Darroch v The Director of Public Prosecution: CACD 1990

The appellant was charged with persistently soliciting a woman for the purposes of prostitution under section 2(1). He had been seen on several occasions driving his car slowly around a red light district. On one occasion he beckoned a woman towards him. As he was driving with the woman in his car, he was stopped … Continue reading Darroch v The Director of Public Prosecution: CACD 1990

ZH (Tanzania) v Secretary of State for The Home Department: SC 1 Feb 2011

The respondent had arrived and claimed asylum. Three claims were rejected, two of which were fraudulent. She had two children by a UK citizen, and if deported the result would be (the father being unsuitable) that the children would have to return with her. Held: The mother’s appeal succeeded. The court had to consider the … Continue reading ZH (Tanzania) v Secretary of State for The Home Department: SC 1 Feb 2011

Brown v The Queen (Jamaica): PC 13 Apr 2005

A police officer appealed against his conviction for manslaughter after being involved in a road traffic accident. Two were killed. The policemen complained as to the direction given on gross negligence manslaughter. Held: Adomako could not apply in jurisdictions where causing a death by reckless driving is a possible alternative to a charge of manslaughter. … Continue reading Brown v The Queen (Jamaica): PC 13 Apr 2005

Director of Public Prosecutions v Humphrys: HL 1977

Humphrys was charged with driving while disqualified. The issue was the correctness of the identification by a police constable. In evidence, Humphrys denied that he was the driver, or indeed that he had driven any car during the year in question. He was acquitted. Later he was charged with perjury said to arise from his … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Humphrys: HL 1977

Regina (Holding and Barnes plc) v Secretary of State for Environment Transport and the Regions; Regina (Alconbury Developments Ltd and Others) v Same and Others: HL 9 May 2001

Power to call in is administrative in nature The powers of the Secretary of State to call in a planning application for his decision, and certain other planning powers, were essentially an administrative power, and not a judicial one, and therefore it was not a breach of the applicants’ rights to a fair hearing before … Continue reading Regina (Holding and Barnes plc) v Secretary of State for Environment Transport and the Regions; Regina (Alconbury Developments Ltd and Others) v Same and Others: HL 9 May 2001

Regina v Special Adjudicator ex parte Ullah; Regina v Secretary of State for the Home Department: HL 17 Jun 2004

The applicants had had their requests for asylum refused. They complained that if they were removed from the UK, their article 3 rights would be infringed. If they were returned to Pakistan or Vietnam they would be persecuted for their religious faiths. Held: A distinction was to be made between domestic cases involving actions within … Continue reading Regina v Special Adjudicator ex parte Ullah; Regina v Secretary of State for the Home Department: HL 17 Jun 2004

Commissioners of Customs and Excise, Regina (on The Application of) v The Crown Court at Leicester and Others: Admn 24 Jan 2001

Application for judicial review in respect of an order for costs made against the Commissioners of Customs and Excise in relation to proceedings brought by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise. Lord Wool of Barnes LCJ, Newman J [2001] EWHC Admin 33 Bailii Prosecution of Offences Act 198519(1), Costs in Criminal Cases (General) Regulations 1986 … Continue reading Commissioners of Customs and Excise, Regina (on The Application of) v The Crown Court at Leicester and Others: Admn 24 Jan 2001

Gallagher for Judicial Review (NI): SC 30 Jan 2019

Each appellant complained of the disclosure by the respondent of very old and minor offences to potential employers, destroying prospects of finding work. Two statutory schemes were challenged, raising two separate questions, namely whether any interference with Article 8 ECHR is: (1) ‘in accordance with the law’ (‘the legality test’) and (2) ‘necessary in a … Continue reading Gallagher for Judicial Review (NI): SC 30 Jan 2019

Hubert, Regina (on The Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: Admn 18 Dec 2015

The claimant sought judicial review of a decision of the DPP to intervene in and abandon her private prosecution of two doctors involved n what she said was a decision to carry out abortions which decsions were affected by the sex of the foetus. At the instigation of a newspapers, two women had attended clinics … Continue reading Hubert, Regina (on The Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: Admn 18 Dec 2015

Regina v Director of Public Prosecutions ex parte Treadaway: Admn 31 Jul 1997

The applicant had been convicted of a robbery and served a long prison sentence. After release he was awarded damages against some of the police officers for assault. The DPP decided not to proceed against the officers by way of criminal proceedings. The applicant’s conviction was later quashed. The prosecutor replied saying he had applied … Continue reading Regina v Director of Public Prosecutions ex parte Treadaway: Admn 31 Jul 1997

Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions: HL 30 Jul 2009

Need for Certainty in Scope of Offence The appellant suffered a severe chronic illness and anticipated that she might want to go to Switzerland to commit suicide. She would need her husband to accompany her, and sought an order requiring the respondent to provide clear guidelines on the circumstances under which someone might be prosecuted … Continue reading Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions: HL 30 Jul 2009

Kay and Another v London Borough of Lambeth and others; Leeds City Council v Price and others and others: HL 8 Mar 2006

In each case the local authority sought to recover possession of its own land. In the Lambeth case, they asserted this right as against an overstaying former tenant, and in the Leeds case as against gypsies. In each case the occupiers said that the recovery of possession interfered with their right respect for their family … Continue reading Kay and Another v London Borough of Lambeth and others; Leeds City Council v Price and others and others: HL 8 Mar 2006

CW and MM, Regina v: CACD 22 May 2015

Proceedings had commenced for conspiracy to supply class A Drugs to a person abroad. Prior consent was required of the Attorney-General, but was only obtained after the event. The prosecutor now appealed against a ruling that the proceedings were null and void. Held: The appeal failed: ‘ The Judge was astute to the problems the … Continue reading CW and MM, Regina v: CACD 22 May 2015

Bank Mellat v Her Majesty’s Treasury (No 2): SC 19 Jun 2013

The bank challenged measures taken by HM Treasury to restrict access to the United Kingdom’s financial markets by a major Iranian commercial bank, Bank Mellat, on the account of its alleged connection with Iran’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. The bank sought to have the direction given under section 7 of the 2008 Act. … Continue reading Bank Mellat v Her Majesty’s Treasury (No 2): SC 19 Jun 2013

Gray and Others, Regina v: CACD 7 Oct 2014

These applications raise yet again the question of when it is appropriate to make a loss of time order. Held: ‘the only means the court has of discouraging unmeritorious applications which waste precious time and resources is by using the powers given to us by Parliament in the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 and the Prosecution … Continue reading Gray and Others, Regina v: CACD 7 Oct 2014

Virgin Media Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v Zinga: CACD 11 Sep 2014

Virgin had successfully taken a private prosecution against the defendants for copyright infringement. They sought an order for their costs to be paid from central funds. On taking confiscation proceedings, costs were now sought against the defendants. The court was asked what rates should apply. Sir John Thomas LCJ, Raffrty LJ, Holroyde J [2014] EWCA … Continue reading Virgin Media Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v Zinga: CACD 11 Sep 2014

Axon, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Another: Admn 23 Jan 2006

A mother sought to challenge guidelines issued by the respondent which would allow doctors to protect the confidentiality of women under 16 who came to them for assistance even though the sexual activities they might engage in would be unlawful. Held: A person under 16 who was otherwise competent was entitled to seek medical assistance, … Continue reading Axon, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Another: Admn 23 Jan 2006

Director of Public Prosecutions, Regina (on The Application of) v Sheffield Crown Court and Others: Admn 20 Jun 2014

The defendant had been one of three drivers in a serious accident. On his acquittal, the judge ordered payment of his costs saying that the DPP had acted improperly in choosing only to prosecute the defendant. The DPP challenged his right to make the order. Sir John Thomas LCJ, Elias LJ, Mitting J [2014] EWHC … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions, Regina (on The Application of) v Sheffield Crown Court and Others: Admn 20 Jun 2014

Libman v The Queen: 10 Oct 1985

CANLII (Supreme Court of Canada) Appellant was committed for trial on seven counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud arising out of the conduct of his Toronto telephone sales solicitation room. Pursuant to appellant’s directions, telephone sales personnel telephoned U.S. residents and attempted to induce them to buy shares in two … Continue reading Libman v The Queen: 10 Oct 1985

James, Regina v; Regina v Karimi: CACD 25 Jan 2006

The defendants appealed their convictions for murder, saying that the court had not properly guided the jury on provocation. The court was faced with apparently conflicting decision of the House of Lords (Smith) and the Privy Council (Holley). Held: ‘The rule that this court must always follow a decision of the House of Lords and, … Continue reading James, Regina v; Regina v Karimi: CACD 25 Jan 2006

Sheldrake v Director of Public Prosecutions; Attorney General’s Reference No 4 of 2002: HL 14 Oct 2004

Appeals were brought complaining as to the apparent reversal of the burden of proof in road traffic cases and in cases under the Terrorism Acts. Was a legal or an evidential burden placed on a defendant? Held: Lord Bingham of Cornhill said: ‘The overriding concern is that a trial should be fair, and the presumption … Continue reading Sheldrake v Director of Public Prosecutions; Attorney General’s Reference No 4 of 2002: HL 14 Oct 2004

Dyer, Regina (on The Application of) v Watford Magistrates Court: Admn 16 Jan 2012

The appellant sought judicial review of the magistrates’ decision to convict him of the two offences of causing racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence, contrary to section 31(1)(a) of the 1998 Act, and of causing fear or provocation of violence, contrary to section 4 of the 1986 Act. He said that to convict him … Continue reading Dyer, Regina (on The Application of) v Watford Magistrates Court: Admn 16 Jan 2012

Huang v Secretary of State for the Home Department: HL 21 Mar 2007

Appellate Roles – Human Rights – Families Split The House considered the decision making role of immigration appellate authorities when deciding appeals on Human Rights grounds, against refusal of leave to enter or remain, under section 65. In each case the asylum applicant had had his own request refused but that of his family had … Continue reading Huang v Secretary of State for the Home Department: HL 21 Mar 2007

Redston, Regina (on The Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 5 Nov 2020

DPP – no Power to Refer For Investigation Challenge to refusal of respondent to refer a matter to the police for investigation as to potentially criminal behaviour. Held: Mr Redston’s challenge was not arguable. He had not actually requested such a disclosure. The DPP is not an investigator and, as such, has no power to … Continue reading Redston, Regina (on The Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 5 Nov 2020

Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for The Home Department: SC 12 Nov 2014

The claimant had supported the grant of a visa to a woman in order to speak to members of Parliament who was de facto leader of an Iranian organsation which had in the past supported terrorism and had been proscribed in the UK, but that proscription had been cancelled by the Tribunal. Lord Carlile appealed … Continue reading Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for The Home Department: SC 12 Nov 2014

Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza: HL 21 Jun 2004

Same Sex Partner Entitled to tenancy Succession The protected tenant had died. His same-sex partner sought a statutory inheritance of the tenancy. Held: His appeal succeeded. The Fitzpatrick case referred to the position before the 1998 Act: ‘Discriminatory law undermines the rule of law because it is the antithesis of fairness. It brings the law … Continue reading Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza: HL 21 Jun 2004

Pretty v The United Kingdom: ECHR 29 Apr 2002

Right to Life Did Not include Right to Death The applicant was paralysed and suffered a degenerative condition. She wanted her husband to be allowed to assist her suicide by accompanying her to Switzerland. English law would not excuse such behaviour. She argued that the right to die is not the antithesis of the right … Continue reading Pretty v The United Kingdom: ECHR 29 Apr 2002

Taylor v Regina: CACD 20 Dec 2013

The defendant appealed against his conviction, for sex offences some 33 years earlier, saying that the convictions had been unfairly obtained. Evidence had been available since 1980, but a decision not to prosecute had been taken. Held: ‘the judge’s command of the evidence and the legal issues concerning the evidence with which he had to … Continue reading Taylor v Regina: CACD 20 Dec 2013

Nunn v Suffolk Constabulary and Another: Admn 4 May 2012

The claimant had been convicted of murder and his appeal had failed. He now sought disclosure of the forensic material held by the police to his own legal team. Held: Permission to apply for review was granted, but the claim failed. ‘It is necessary to show something that materially may cast doubt upon the safety … Continue reading Nunn v Suffolk Constabulary and Another: Admn 4 May 2012

Virgin Media Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v Zinga: CACD 24 Jan 2014

Zinga had been convicted of conspiracy to defraud in a private prosecution brought by Virgin Media. After dismissal of the appeal against conviction, Virgin pursued confiscation proceedings. Zinga appealed against refusal of its argument that it was an abuse for a private prosecutor to take such action, even where as here that prosecutor had disclaimed … Continue reading Virgin Media Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v Zinga: CACD 24 Jan 2014

E and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v The Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 10 Jun 2011

Judicial review was sought of a decision by the respondent to prosecute a child for her alleged sexual abuse of her younger sisters. Agencies other than the police and CPS considered that a prosecution would harm both the applicant and her sisters. It was said that the applicant had herself been groomed by an adult … Continue reading E and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v The Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 10 Jun 2011

Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: Admn 29 Oct 2008

The applicant said that the defendant had unlawfully failed to provide detailed guidance under section 10 of the 1985 Act, on the circumstances under which a prosecution might lie of a person performing acts which might assist another to commit suicide. The claimant suffered a severe degenerative illness and anticipated that she would want to … Continue reading Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: Admn 29 Oct 2008