North Range Shipping Ltd v Seatrans Shipping Corporation: CA 14 Mar 2002

The parties had been involved in an arbitration. The claimant sought leave to appeal. The judge refused to give leave, but did not say exactly why.
Held: Human Rights law required a right of appeal. That right could only be exercised properly if the party knew the basis of the decision. The court should state which of the threshold conditions required under s 69 had not been met. The Court of Appeal did have the power to set aside a first instance judge’s decision for unfairness, and a decision without sufficient reasons was such.
Tuckey LJ said: ‘If, as is accepted, there is a residual jurisdiction in this court to set aside a judge’s decision for misconduct then there can be no reason in principle why the same relief should not be available in a case of unfairness. Each is directed at the integrity of the decision-making process or the decision-maker, which the courts must be vigilant to protect, and does not directly involve an attack on the decision itself.’
Lord Justice Aldous, Tuckey LJ
Times 18-Apr-2002, [2002] EWCA Civ 405, [2002] 1 WLR 2397, [2002] 4 All ER 390
Arbitration Act 1996 69(3), Human Rights Act 1988 6, Civil Procedure Rules 52.10(2)(a)
England and Wales
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Updated: 19 July 2021; Ref: scu.169991