Docker, Head, and others v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police: CA 17 Mar 1998

Immunity from suit for abuse of process attaching to judicial process was attached also to steps taken as part of the investigation of a crime with a view to a possible prosecution of the matter. Auld LJ said: ‘The whole point of the public policy reason for the immunity is to encourage honest and well-meaning persons to assist justice even if dishonest and malicious persons may on occasion benefit from the immunity.’


Auld LJ


Times 29-Apr-1998, Gazette 29-Apr-1998, [1998] EWCA Civ 522


England and Wales

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Torts – Other, Police

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