Raissi, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: Admn 22 Feb 2007

The claimant sought judicial review of a refusal to make an ex gratia payment for his imprisonment whilst successfully resisting extradition proceedings. Terrorist connections had been suggested, but the judge made an explicit finding that at no stage had any evidence been produced.
Held: The 1988 Act provided only limited circumstances for a payment, but it had left in place the residual arrangements under the ex gratia scheme. The respondent said that the scheme covered only successful appeals after conviction, and not extraditions. There was no legitimate expectation because the scheme was based solely on a ministerial statement, and it was ex gratia. The implementation of such policies was subject to oversight by the courts only for irrationality: ‘courts should allow latitude to a minister to decide, within a reasonable range of meaning of his statement of policy, to what it applies and what it means.’ The ex gratia scheme applies only to exceptional circumstances arising out of a wrongful conviction or charge, and the claim failed. Extradition proceedings were not within the scheme. It would have been surprising if the scheme had been intended to make the UK responsible for a failing in a foreign prosecutor.
Auld LJ, Wilkie J
[2007] EWHC 243 (Admin), [2007] 4 All ER 225
Bailii
Criminal Justice Act 1988 133
England and Wales
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