Savile v Roberts: 1795

Case for causing and maliciously procuring the plaintiff to be indicted for a riot. It was held by Holt, Chief Justice, it is not sufficient that the plaintiff prove he was innocent but he must prove express malice in the defendant; he likewise held, that this action is not grounded upon the conspiracy, but in the damage, and therefore the plaintiff must prove his damages, otherwise the action will not lie : but in a writ of conspiracy it is otherwise, and where such a writ is brought, if one is acquitted the other cannot be found guilty.
Holt CJ said: ‘if he shew any special matter, whereby it appears to the court that it was frivolous and vexatious, he shall have an action’.


Holt CJ


[1795] EngR 3039, (1795) 3 Salk 16, (1795) 91 ER 664 (B)




See AlsoSavill v Roberts CCP 1738
On a writ of error of a judgment in CB in an action on the case in nature of a conspiracy, brought by Roberts against Savill and others, for maliciously causing him the said Roberts to be indicted, with other persons, of a riot, of which he had been . .
See AlsoSavill v Roberts 1741
The plaintiff, Roberts, was entitled to recover andpound;11 damages in proceedings for malicious prosecution, the defendant having maliciously caused Roberts to be indicted for causing a riot, and Roberts having been acquitted. The andpound;11 was . .
See AlsoSavill v Roberts CCP 1790
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See AlsoSavile v Roberts 1792
D had maliciously caused C to be indicted for riot. Following his acquittal C sued D for malicious prosecution. The court affirmed the judgment which had been given for C.
Held: It was irrelevant that D had not been part of a conspiracy. An . .

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CitedSavill v Roberts 1796
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CitedWilliamson v The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago PC 3-Sep-2014
(Trinidad and Tobago) The claimant had been held after arrest on suspicion of theft. He was held for several months before the case was dismissed, the posecution having made no apparent attempt to further the prosecution. He appealed against refusal . .
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Torts – Other

Updated: 02 May 2022; Ref: scu.355384

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