In re Medicaments and Related Classes of Goods (No 4): CA 26 Jul 2001

The parties had expended very considerable sums preparing for a hearing. The hearing became abortive when it was questioned whether a member of the court had given the appearance of bias. The parties sought payment of their wasted costs from the Lord Chancellor, as the person responsible for providing the court, on the basis that their right to a fair trial had been infringed.
Held: The application was refused. One party as a representative body was not a victim, even though no representative order had been made. The court had remedied the defect by later providing an impartial tribunal before which the parties’ rights could be settled, and there had been no loss of the right to a fair trial.


Phillips MR, Brooke LJ, Walker LJ


Times 06-Aug-2001, Gazette 06-Sep-2001


European Convention on Human Rights 6.1


England and Wales


See alsoIn Re Medicaments and Related Classes of Goods RPC 14-Apr-1999
Before granting leave to review the exemption of a class of goods from the resale price maintenance prohibition, there must be established prima facie evidence of a material change in circumstances, which might have led the earlier court to a . .
See alsoIn Re Medicaments and Related Classes of Goods (No 2) RPC 17-Nov-2000
Part way into a trial, one of the judges in a case applied for a position with a company. She discovered that a director of that company was due to give evidence. She brought the circumstances to the attention of the remaining court and parties. She . .
See alsoIn Re Medicaments and Related Classes of Goods (No 2); Director General of Fair Trading v Proprietary Association of Great Britain and Proprietary Articles Trade Association CA 21-Dec-2000
The claimants alleged that a connection between a member of the Restrictive Practices Court, who was to hear a complaint and another company, disclosed bias against them. She had not recused herself.
Held: When asking whether material . .

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CitedDavidson v Scottish Ministers (No 3) HL 31-Jul-2003
Application for permission to appeal to the House.
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