A, Re Application for Judicial Review: QBNI 25 Jun 2001

The applicant, who feared for his life if identified, sought the release to him of materials discovered by the police in searching premises associated with a loyalist paramiliitary group. He thought that they might include information sourced form the security services. The request was refused. The police offered assistance and advice with the applicant’s security instead.
Held: The state had a duty to assess such a risk, and to provide some information to the applicant, but also had a margin of appreciation as to how it would protect the lives of an individual. He was not entitled to obtain this information in order to take proceedings himself against those who had released information about him. He remained free to take proceedings if he wished.


Kerr J


[2001] NIQB 21




Northern Ireland


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Updated: 13 June 2022; Ref: scu.202147