“The court was entitled to decide the meaning of a ministerial policy introducing an ex gratia compensation scheme. The purpose of the policy in question was to compensate those who had spent a period in custody resulting from a serious default on the part of a police officer or some other public authority, such as the Crown Prosecution Service. It was not limited to a period in custody following a wrongful conviction or charge, but applied to a person detained for the purpose of extradition proceedings where there had been serious default by the CPS or the police.”
WLR Daily, 18th February 2008
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