Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Crane and Another: ChD 4 Jun 2001

Outside of any statutory limitations, there was nothing to prevent a prosecutor making use of helpful ideas disclosed in civil proceedings in his case against a defendant. Questions about a defendant’s right of silence in criminal proceedings did not apply in civil matters. Judges in either court had powers to control their proceedings to prevent unfairness, but the purposes of the civil court could not be delayed indefinitely because of a risk that the defendant might be prejudiced in later criminal proceedings.


Times 04-Jun-2001, Gazette 07-Jun-2001


Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 20


England and Wales

Company, Human Rights, Criminal Practice

Updated: 13 April 2022; Ref: scu.89129