Regina v Harper: CANI 1990

The appellant had been convicted of a number of serious offences, largely as a result of admissions made by him during interviews by the police. Among the grounds of appeal was a claim that extension of the appellant’s detention had wrongly been authorised by a Parliamentary under-secretary of state where the statutory provision, section 12(4) of the 1984 Act provided that a person arrested under section 12(1) should not be detained for more than 48 hours but that the Secretary of State may, in a particular case, extend that period. The document extending the period in the appellant’s case had not been signed by the Secretary of State.
Held: The argument was rejected on the basis that there was no reason to conclude that this was a power that could not be devolved to a junior minister.
Unreported 1990
Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1984 12(4)
Northern Ireland
AppliedRe Golden Chemicals Limited 1976
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Updated: 08 May 2021; Ref: scu.650813