In the Media

David Pannick: Why judges, not ministers, should authorise interceptions

PUBLISHED June 21, 2015

In 1765 the lord chief justice, Lord Camden, criticised the issue of warrants allowing for the search of the documents of a man who had written pamphlets critical of parliament and the King. No law allowed for such intrusion and “if there was, it would destroy all the comforts of society; for papers are often the dearest property a man can have”, he said in a case called Entick v Carrington.

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