Regina v Norfolk County Council, ex parte M: QBD 1989

The plaintiff worked as a plumber. His work took him to a private children’s home. An allegation of sexual abuse was made against him by a 13 year old child. She had made other claims against other men which had proved to be false. He was released by the police without charge. The local authority held a case conference and placed his name on the child abuse register. He then lost his job.
Held: The local authority had acted unreasonably. The case conference is not simply a private administrative act, and it must be subject to review, and must act fairly. The decision was quashed.
References: [1989] 2 All ER 359, [1989] QB 619
This case cites:

  • Applied – Associated Provincial Picture Houses Ltd v Wednesbury Corporation CA 10-Nov-1947
    Administrative Discretion to be Used Reasonably
    The applicant challenged the manner of decision making as to the conditions which had been attached to its licence to open the cinema on Sundays. It had not been allowed to admit children under 15 years of age. The statute provided no appeal . .
    ([1947] 2 All ER 680, [1948] 1 KB 223, 1947 WL 10584, (1948) 92 SJ 26, [1948] LJR 190, [1948] 45 LGR 635, (1948) 112 JP 55, 63 TLR 623, , [1947] EWCA Civ 1)

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Last Update: 27 November 2020; Ref: scu.193594