Judge rejects £1m+ misfeasance in public office claim as statute-barred – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 17th, 2016 in limitations, local government, misfeasance in public office, news, noise by sally

‘Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has defeated a claim for misfeasance in public office brought in the High Court by the owners of a local joinery business.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th November 2016

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Solicitor who lost his practice cleared to sue CPS and police for malicious prosecution – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has given the green light to a solicitor to pursue claims against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and South Wales Police (SWP) for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2016

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Regina v Norman (Robert) – WLR Daily

Regina v Norman (Robert) [2016] EWCA Crim 1564

‘The defendant was a prison officer who was paid more than £10,000 by a tabloid journalist in return for information about the prison which formed the subject matter of numerous published articles. He was charged with one count of misconduct in public office. The newspapers voluntarily disclosed evidence of the defendant’s identity and conduct. It was the prosecution case that the stories did not, save in a few cases, have any public interest and that the defendant knew that what he was doing was very wrong given the scale and scope of his activities, conducted behind his employer’s back, in return for substantial payments which were routed via his son’s bank account in order to conceal them. The defendant was convicted. He appealed against conviction the grounds that (i) the judge should have acceded to his submission to stay the proceedings as an abuse of process since the defendant’s identity and the evidence upon which the prosecution depended had been obtained by police misconduct in putting pressure upon the newspapers to give disclosure in order to avoid corporate prosecution; and (ii) the judge should have acceded to his submission of no case to answer, since the defendant’s misconduct did not meet the high threshold of seriousness required for it to be characterised as a criminal abuse of the public’s trust in him as an officer holder.’

WLR Daily, 20th October 2016

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Sun journalist wins appeal over corrupt payments conviction – Daily Telegraph

‘Crime reporter Anthony France – the only journalist to be successfully tried in the wake of a police investigation into payments to public officials – has won an appeal against his conviction.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th October 2016

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IPCC will not investigate South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton over conduct at Hillsborough inquest – The Independent

‘The police watchdog has announced it will not investigate claims that a chief constable instructed lawyers to “pour blame” onto Hillsborough victims at the inquest into the disaster.’

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The Independent, 12th October 2016

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Prison officer jailed for having affair with inmate at women’s prison – Daily Telegraph

‘A prison officer who kissed and fondled an inmate during an affair behind bars has been jailed for six months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2016

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Reforming the offence of misconduct in public office – Law Commission

‘The law that governs misconduct in public office is unclear, ambiguous and in need of reform, according to the Law Commission, independent law reform adviser to the Government.’

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Law Commission, 5th September 2016

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Law Commission consults on reform to law on misconduct in public office – Local Government Lawyer

‘The law on misconduct in public office is “unclear, ambiguous and in need of reform”, the Law Commission has said, issuing a consultation paper on a new statutory offence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th September 2016

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IPCC investigates 11 for mishandling Greville Janner child sex abuse claims – The Guardian

‘The police watchdog is investigating 11 people over the alleged mishandling by Leicestershire police of child sexual abuse allegations against the late Labour peer Greville Janner.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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Groundbreaking barrister sees race bias claim against BSB thrown out – Legal Futures

‘A barrister who claimed she was the victim of racial discrimination by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has lost her appeal against a ruling that her case was brought out of time.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2016

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‘Should Vote Leave be prosecuted over its referendum propaganda?’ – Church Court Chambers

‘On 23 June 2016 over 33 million people voted in the EU referendum. Since that date there has been widespread anger from those who believe that the organisation ‘Vote Leave’ misled members of the public. Vote Leave is said to have done so by promoting two claims. First, that the UK sends £350 million to the European Union every week and this money would be spent on the National Health Service if the UK voted to leave the European Union. Second, that remaining in the European Union would lead to unrestricted immigration.’

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Church Court Chambers, 7th July 2016

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Half of police officers facing gross misconduct charges quit force before case heard – The Guardian

‘Half of police officers facing gross misconduct investigations in the past two years resigned or retired before their cases were heard, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2016

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Outrage as war crimes prosecutors say Tony Blair will not be investigated over Chilcot’s Iraq war report – but British soldiers could be – Daily Telegraph

‘Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will examine the Chilcot report for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2016

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Judge rejects misfeasance in public office claim against council and employee – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 16th, 2016 in local government, misfeasance in public office, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a claim for damages for misfeasance in public office brought against a council and one of its employees, a senior street works engineer.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2016

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Hillsborough verdict sparks call to rebalance police and criminal justice system – The Guardian

‘A cross-party campaign for radical reform of the police and criminal justice system in light of the Hillsborough inquests verdict has been launched by the shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2016

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Hillsborough: South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police face legal action – BBC News

Posted April 29th, 2016 in health & safety, misfeasance in public office, news, police, sport by tracey

‘Families of football fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster are pursuing High Court misconduct action against the South Yorkshire and West Midlands police forces, lawyers have said.’

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BBC News, 28th April 2016

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Negligence claim over Raoul Moat shooting – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The claimants said that Northumbria Police owed PC David Rathband a duty of care to warn him of the threats made by Raoul Moat.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th April 2016

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Former police officer sentenced for preying on domestic abuse victims for sexual gratification – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Michael McMillan, a former Merseyside police officer has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for seven counts of misconduct in public office.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th April 2016

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Routine use of council gagging orders ‘leaves Britain open to corruption’ – The Independent

‘The UK has left itself open to corruption at the heart of local government, transparency campaigners warned, after it emerged that council workers have been routinely issued with gagging orders when they left public service.’

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The Independent, 3rd April 2016

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Sean Rigg death: case against five police officers referred to CPS – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are to consider whether they should bring criminal charges against five police officers over the arrest, restraint and detention of Sean Rigg, a musician who died in Metropolitan police custody.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2016

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