Hamilton and Others v Post Office Ltd: CACD 23 Apr 2021

Post Office Prosecutions were an abuse

This judgment concerns forty-two men and women who were employed by Post Office Limited as sub-postmasters, sub-postmistresses, managers or counter assistants. They were all prosecuted by their employer and convicted of crimes of dishonesty. Many years later, their cases have been referred to this court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission – whether their prosecutions were an abuse of the process of the court and whether their convictions are unsafe. In particular, we must consider issues as to the reliability of the computerised accounting system, ‘Horizon’, which was in use in branch post offices during the relevant period.

Lord Justice Holroyde
[2021] EWCA Crim 577
Bailii, Judiciary
England and Wales
See AlsoBates and Others v Post Office Ltd QBD 10-Nov-2017
Directions in group litigation – claims by former postmasters against the PO for dismissals and prosecutions arising from faulty Horizon accounting software. . .
See AlsoBates and Others v Post Office Ltd QBD 17-Oct-2018
Application by the defendant to strike out considerable passages of the evidence contained in the six witness statements lodged by the claimants. . .
See AlsoBates and Others v Post Office Ltd (No 3) QBD 15-Mar-2019
Group litigation claiming damages for post office sub-postmasters for financial losses from malfunctioning accounting software. . .

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Criminal Practice

Updated: 09 November 2021; Ref: scu.662156