Johnstone v Pedlar: HL 24 Jun 1921

The now respondent, a naturalised USA citizen, had sued the appllant, the chief Commissioner of the Dublin Metropolitan police complaining of an unlawful detention, and continued retention of money taken on his arrest for militarily drilling disaffected persons. He had been prosecuted for allegation under the defence of the realm act, but the judge had directed a not guilty verdict.
Held: Lord Atkinson said: ‘Aliens, whether friendly or enemy, can be lawfully prevented from entering this country and can be expelled from it.’


Lord Atkinson


[1921] 2 AC 262, [1921] UKHL 1




England and Wales

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CitedRegina v Immigration Officer at Prague Airport and another, ex parte European Roma Rights Centre and others HL 9-Dec-2004
Extension oh Human Rights Beyond Borders
The appellants complained that the system set up by the respondent where Home Office officers were placed in Prague airport to pre-vet applicants for asylum from Romania were dsicriminatory in that substantially more gypsies were refused entry than . .
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Immigration, Torts – Other, Police

Updated: 28 June 2022; Ref: scu.220651