Regina (on the Application of the Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police) v Birmingham Justices: Admn 30 May 2002

The Chief Constable applied for anti-social behaviour orders, but the applications were made by his officers under purported delegated powers. The district judge rejected the applications saying that the power to make such an application could not be delegated. The Chief Constable appealed.
Held: He did have a general power of delegation of powers given to him under statute. He remained answerable for his choice of appropriate officers to carry out tasks so delegated. The court however could not interfere in the absence of some irrationality or other manifest error. ‘Carltona’ principle does not depend on status of civil servants as alter ego of their minister. Chief Constable may discharge functions under ss (1) and (2) Crime and Disorder Act 1998 through any officer(s) judged suitable by him for whom he is answerable


Lord Justice Sedley, Poole


Gazette 11-Jul-2002, [2002] EWHC 1087 (Admin)




Crime and Disorder Act 1998 81


England and Wales

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Updated: 22 May 2022; Ref: scu.172186