Regina v Governor HM Prison Brockhill, ex parte Michelle Carol Evans (No 2): CA 19 Jun 1998

The plaintiff was serving a sentence of imprisonment. Her detention was correctly calculated in accordance with the law as understood. That method was later disapproved when the Divisional Court laid down (everyone has assumed correctly) a different method of calculation. If that new method of calculation was adopted the plaintiff had been detained for 59 days too long. The plaintiff claimed damages for false imprisonment.
Held: The retrospective effect of the change in the law produced by the last Divisional Court decision prevented the Governor from relying as a defence on the law as it had been declared by the earlier Divisional Court decisions which at the time of the 59 days’ detention laid down the relevant law. Court decisions on the application of rules for the calculation of ‘time served’ whilst a prisoner awaited trial are retrospective in effect. Damages for wrongful imprisonment were to be calculated on basis of the decision made subsequent to the prisoner’s release. The idea of the prospective overruling of a judgment has much to commend it.
Lord Woolf MR, Judge LJ, Roch LJ (dissenting)
Gazette 03-Sep-1998, Times 06-Jul-1998, [1998] EWCA Civ 1042, [1999] QB 1043
Criminal Justice Act 1991 33 41 51
England and Wales
Cited by:
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