Statutory inquiry announced for sub-postmaster scandal – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 20th, 2021 in computer programs, false accounting, fraud, inquiries, news, postal service by tracey

‘The government has acceded to calls to put the inquiry into the Post Office scandal on a statutory footing – but several questions are likely to be left unanswered for the wrongfully convicted sub-postmasters.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th May 2021

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Former subpostmasters expected to have names cleared after court appeal – The Guardian

‘Dozens of former subpostmasters who were convicted of theft, fraud and false accounting because of the Post Office’s defective Horizon accounting system are expected to finally have their names cleared.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2021

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Post Office scandal: What the Horizon saga is all about – BBC News

‘A group of former sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses, who say they were victims of a massive miscarriage of justice, are awaiting a ruling by the Court of Appeal.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2021

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Recommendations for the probity of computer evidence – Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review

Posted December 18th, 2020 in computer programs, disclosure, electronic filing, evidence, news, postal service by sally

‘This paper sets out recommendations for a two stage disclosure process in an attempt to avoid the problems with disclosure of computer data/material in court proceedings, problems that have been exposed in two cases in England: the Post Office Horizon scandal, and the case of the nurses in R v Cahill, R v Pugh.’

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Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review, 18 (2021), 18-25, 15 December 2020

Source: journals.sas.ac.uk

The Cautionary tale of the postman, the application for relief and not enough money? Diriye v Bojaj [2020] EWCA Civ 1400 – Park Square Barristers

‘This credit hire appeal case was heard in the Court Of Appeal on 15 October 2020 with judgment being handed down on 4 November. It was heard by Lord Justice Coulson who gave the leading judgment, Lady Justice Davies and Lady Justice Rose agreeing.’

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Park Square Barristers, 13th November 2020

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Diriye v Bojaj [2020] EWCA Civ 1400: ‘Signed For’ deliveries and deemed service – Littleton Chambers

‘In Diriye v Bojaj [2020] EWCA Civ 1400, the Court of Appeal handed down an important judgment clarifying the scope of the deemed service provisions in CPR 6.26 in the context of signed for deliveries. The Court held that a “Signed For 1st Class” delivery would still be deemed served “on the second day after it was posted” in accordance with CPR 6.26, regardless of the date on which it was actually signed for and received.’

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Littleton Chambers, 11th November 2020

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‘Signed For 1st Class’ service is first-class post, CA rules – Litigation Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2020 in appeals, civil procedure rules, documents, news, postal service, service, solicitors by sally

‘The Royal Mail service ‘Signed For 1st Class’ is first-class post or equivalent for the purposes of the deemed service provisions of the CPR, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd November 2020

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Robustness of software – Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review

Posted November 18th, 2020 in computer programs, employment, fraud, interpretation, news, postal service by sally

‘In the English civil court case Bates v Post Office Limited (Bates 2019), the properties of the Post Office Horizon transaction-processing system were investigated and argued.’

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Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review, June 2020

Source: journals.sas.ac.uk

Death and Notices – Nearly Legal

Posted November 12th, 2020 in landlord & tenant, news, notification, postal service, service, succession by tracey

‘Gateway Housing Association v Personal Representatives of Ali & Anor (2020) EWCA Civ 1339. In which the Court of Appeal grapple with the requirement to serve a copy of a notice to quit on the Public Trustee, when serving notice on the personal representative of a deceased tenant.’

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Nearly Legal, 8th November 2020

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Three for the Price of One: A Case Note on Diriye v Bojaj – Ropewalk Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in delay, news, personal injuries, postal service, sanctions, service by sally

‘Diriye v Bojaj [2020] EWCA Civ 1400, handed down on 4 November 2020, was a procedural appeal in a credit hire case. It raised a point about pleading allegations of impecuniosity in such cases alongside two points of wider application: whether the Royal Mail “Signed For 1st Class” service is covered by the description “First class post (or other service which provides for delivery on the next business day)” in CPR 6.26; and the proper approach to applications for relief from sanctions under CPR 3.9.’

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Ropewalk Chambers, 5th November 2020

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Court of Appeal considers service of notices on deceased tenants – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in landlord & tenant, news, notification, postal service, service, succession by sally

‘In Gateway Housing Association v Begum [2020] EWCA Civ 1339, Nick had been instructed to act for the occupier, Mrs Begum, in the County Court. Her husband had passed away and – as the landlord considered that no one was entitled to succeed the tenancy – Gateway posted a notice to quit to the premises. Because of the requirements of section 18 of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1994, Gateway also posted a copy of the notice to the Public Trustee a few days later.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd October 2020

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Royal Mail fined for late letters and overcharging – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2020 in consumer protection, fines, news, postal service by sally

‘Royal Mail has been fined £1.5m by the regulator for being late with first class deliveries and overcharging customers for second class stamps.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2020

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Council persuades High Court judge to quash judgment in default in data breach claim after papers posted to empty office during lockdown – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 2nd, 2020 in coronavirus, default judgments, news, postal service, service by tracey

‘The High Court has quashed a judgment in default awarded against the London Borough of Tower Hamlets because pandemic restrictions had made it impossible to the council to receive the claim concerned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2020

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Solicitor “should not have served claim by post” after lockdown – Litigation Futures

‘A solicitor who served proceedings on a council by post two days after lockdown had gone into effect showed “poor judgement”, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th June 2020

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Royal Mail postman caught urinating in public was unfairly dismissed, a tribunal has ruled – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 25th, 2020 in complaints, employment tribunals, news, postal service, unfair dismissal by sally

‘Royal Mail postmen should not be sacked if they are caught urinating during rounds, a tribunal has suggested, after one worker was dismissed for relieving himself in a lay-by.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd June 2020

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Postmasters were prosecuted using unreliable evidence – BBC News

‘The Post Office prosecuted postmasters over missing money despite having evidence its own computer system could be to blame.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2020

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Post Office IT system that ruined lives ‘still faulty’, MPs told – BBC News

‘A faulty till system that led to sub-postmasters being wrongly accused of stealing money is still not working properly, MPs have been told.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2020

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Boris Johnson to hold inquiry into scandal of subpostmasters accused of fraud – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2020 in fraud, inquiries, news, postal service by tracey

‘The Government will commit to holding an independent inquiry following a legal ruling affecting hundreds of subpostmasters, Boris Johnson has suggested.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2020

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Royal Mail sued by postwoman for £50,000 after dog bit off two fingers during rounds amid claims she wasn’t warned about animal – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 6th, 2020 in dogs, news, personal injuries, postal service by sally

‘A postwoman whose fingers were bitten off by a dog as she put a card through a letterbox is suing Royal Mail for £50,000 compensation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2020

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High Court critical of approach to evidence in Post Office litigation – Henderson Chambers

Posted January 30th, 2020 in chambers articles, computer programs, expert witnesses, news, postal service by sally

‘In the final judgment of this long-running group litigation, the court found numerous issues with the Post Office’s Horizon IT system and ruled in favour of the subpostmasters and subpostmistresses. The overarching point that emerges is the importance of advancing a realistic case, supported by properly considered and careful expert and factual witness evidence.’

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Henderson Chambers, 22nd January 2020

Source: www.hendersonchambers.co.uk