Practice and Procedure

R (on the application of the Chief constable of West Yorkshire) (Claimant) v INDEPENDANT POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION (Defendant) & POLICE CONSTABLE LEE ARMSTRONG (interested Party) (2013)

PUBLISHED September 11, 2013

[2013] EWHC 2698 (Admin)

The language used in reports of the Independent Police Complaints Commission was just as important as the investigation itself. The commission had rigorous powers of investigation, but the Police Reform Act 2002 made clear that it's role was purely investigative, and the language employed in its reports should therefore never express, or hint at, a concluded view as to civil or criminal liability. The court set out 12 propositions on the law concerning the commission's functions.

QBD (Admin) (Jeremy Richardson QC)