Prince Charles, the Guardian and the Unreasonable Veto – Panopticon

‘As promised last week, this post contains a slightly fuller account of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in R (Evans) v HM Attorney General [2014] EWCA Civ 254. The history of the case is manifold and has been covered on this blog innumerable times (see: here, here and here). In essence, the Upper Tribunal held in a very lengthy judgment that some of the correspondence written by Prince Charles to various governmental departments ought to be disclosed in the public interest. The Attorney General then issued his statement of reasons under section 53 FOIA, which has the effect of vetoing the judicial decision. On any view, the veto is a highly unusual provision. The Divisional Court dismissed the judicial review of that veto. Mr Evans, a Guardian journalist, appealed.’

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Panopticon, 18th March 2014

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CA says Prince Charles’ advocacy letters should be produced – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 17th, 2014 in appeals, disclosure, freedom of information, lobbying, news, royal family by tracey

‘R (o.t.a Rob Evans) v. Attorney-General, Information Commissioner Interested Party, 12 March 2014.The Court of Appeal (reversing a strong court including the former Lord Chief Justice – see my previous post) has decided that correspondence between the Prince of Wales and various government departments should be released. A Guardian journalist had made a request under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations to see these documents. The Upper Tribunal had agreed that they should be disclosed.’

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Uk Human Rights Blog, 16th March 2014

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Regina (Evans) v Attorney General – WLR Daily

Regina (Evans) v Attorney General; [2014] EWCA Civ 254;  [2014] WLR (D)  124

‘The issue of a certificate by the Attorney General, an accountable person under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, of a certificate under section 53(2) of the Act so as to override and render ineffective a decision of an independent and impartial tribunal required more than that he merely disagreed with the tribunal’s determination. Examples of what would suffice were that there had been a material change of circumstances since the tribunal’s decision or that it was clearly flawed in fact or in law.’

WLR Daily, 12th March 2014

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Prince Charles letters: attorney general acted unlawfully, say senior judges – The Guardian

‘Three senior judges have ruled that Dominic Grieve, the attorney general, acted unlawfully when he blocked the publication of letters written by Prince Charles to government ministers. The ruling, led by Lord Dyson, the head of the civil judiciary in England and Wales, paves the way for the release of the letters which reveal how the prince lobbied government ministers to change official policies.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2014

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Prince Charles’s letters: recipients’ identities must stay secret, say lawyers – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2014 in appeals, confidentiality, disclosure, freedom of information, news, royal family, veto by sally

‘The identities of the ministers who received confidential letters from Prince Charles promoting his personal views must remain concealed, government lawyers argued on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 26th February 2014

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Decision to block Prince Charles’s letters challenged – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2014 in appeals, attorney general, disclosure, freedom of information, news, royal family, veto by sally

‘A move by the government to block the release of letters from Prince of Wales to ministers are being challenged in the Court of Appeal.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2014

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Men banned from becoming Queen as 700 years of law redrafted ahead of gay marriage – Daily Telegraph

‘Words such as “widow” removed from statutes while medieval treason laws and even rules on royal titles amended ahead of gay marriage.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2014

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You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even ‘imagine’ overthrowing the Queen – The Independent

Posted December 16th, 2013 in crime, imprisonment, news, repeals, royal family, treason by sally

‘The government has confirmed that republicanism is still punishable by life imprisonment and that it remains illegal to even ‘imagine’ overthrowing the Queen.’

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The Independent, 13th December 2013

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Prince Charles faces fresh challenge to secret communications with ministers – The Guardian

‘Prince Charles is to face a fresh challenge to his secret communication channel to government ministers when a court is asked to reveal whether he lobbied for an exemption to property laws affecting his £800m estate.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2013

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Court battle over burial of Richard III adjourned – BBC News

‘The legal battle over where the remains of Richard III should be buried has been adjourned at the High Court. A judicial review will decide whether the procedure that led to his bones being excavated in Leicester and the decision to reinter them at the city’s cathedral, was conducted correctly.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2013

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Richard III remains: York v Leicester legal battle to be laid to rest – The Guardian

‘An “unseemly and undignified” legal battle over where the remains of the last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III, should be laid to rest resumes on Tuesday, 528 years after his death and a year after his skeleton was found under a Leicester car park. Richard’s remains are currently in a laboratory at Leicester University.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2013

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Christian coronations of future monarchs face legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2013 in Christianity, Church of England, equality, human rights, news, royal family by michael

“Campaigners are to attempting to launch a legal challenge to the Christian coronation of future monarchs in an attack on the most powerful symbol of the union between church and state.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2013

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Richard III on the move again – pitched into the current judicial review debate – UK Human Rights Blog

“The Plantagenet Alliance Ltd (R o.t.a) v. Secretary of State for Justice and others, Haddon-Cave J, 18 October 2013 (PCO), and on permission, 15 August 2013. I posted here on the original judgment giving the Plantagenet Alliance permission to seek judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision to re-bury Richard III in Leicester. At the time, the judge had made a full Protective Costs Order in favour of the Alliance, so that it would not have to pay costs if it lost. The judge had also ordered what he envisaged to be a short hearing to determine in what sum the Alliance’s costs should be capped. if it won.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd October 2013

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High Court dismisses challenge to PCO in Richard III burial case – Litigation Futures

“The High Court has comprehensively rejected the government’s bid to overturn the grant of a protective costs order (PCO) in favour of campaigners for the reburial of King Richard III in York.”

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Litigation Futures, 18th October 2013

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Richard III and Judicial Review – Sovereign Chambers

Posted September 3rd, 2013 in burials and cremation, judicial review, news, royal family by sally

“There is a row about the bones of the late King Richard III. Or to be precise, where those bones should be reinterred. As is widely known, they were discovered, remarkably intact, buried beneath what is was now a car park for the Social Services Department for Leicester Council. It had previously been part of the graveyard of a Gray Friars Church, I believe, and Richard’s naked body was flung in to a grave after he had died defending his crown at the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485. All the evidence, including the skeleton itself with its curvature of the spine (scoliosis, not a hunchback, by the way – a Tudor slur, possibly one of many), the manner and cause of death (see below) and now DNA tests via the line of Richard’s relatives which still survive, prove beyond reasonable doubt that the body is that of the King.”

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Sovereign Chambers, 28th August 2013

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Tom Hickman: The High Court Rides to the Aid of Richard III – UK Constitutional Law Group

Posted August 29th, 2013 in burials and cremation, consultations, families, news, royal family by sally

“Whilst cases often raise issues of constitutional importance, seldom has the subject matter of a legal claim related to matters of such constitutional moment as that concerning the discovery of the mortal remains of Richard III.”

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UK Constitutional Law Group, 29th August 2013

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They paved Plantagenet ‘n put up a parking lot – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 23rd, 2013 in burials and cremation, consultations, judicial review, news, royal family by sally

“The judge gave the Allliance permission to seek judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision about re-burial. But I question the result – does the Alliance really have a legal right to be consulted about where Richard III is to be re-buried?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd August 2013

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Richard III: King’s reburial row goes to judicial review – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2013 in burials and cremation, judicial review, news, royal family by tracey

“Distant relatives of Richard III have been granted permission for a judicial review of the decision to rebury the king’s remains in Leicester.”

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BBC News, 16th August 2013

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Prince Charles faces scrutiny by MPs over veto on laws – The Guardian

Posted August 13th, 2013 in consent, constitutional law, legislation, news, royal family, royal prerogative, veto by sally

“The British parliament is to investigate Prince Charles’s controversial role in helping to shape government legislation in a move likely to increase pressure on Whitehall to reduce the secrecy around alleged royal lobbying.”

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The Guardian, 12th August 2013

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Regina (Evans) v Her Majesty’s Attorney General – WLR Daily

Regina (Evans) v Her Majesty’s Attorney General [2013] EWHC 1960 (Admin); [2013] WLR (D) 313

“Section 53(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 required the existence of reasonable grounds before a certificate could be given by an accountable person and if reasonable grounds did not exist the certificate was invalid and of no effect. Further, a certificate under section 53(2) could validly be issued with regard to environmental information.”

WLR Daily, 9th July 2013

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