The Supreme Court considered the revised statutory schemes for the disclosure of convictions in England and Wales and Northern Ireland under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 and the Police Act 1997. The schemes were in accordance with the law for the purposes of ECHR art.8 and, with the exception of provisions in relation to the multiple conviction rule and warnings and reprimands issued to young offenders, it was not possible to say that the categories in the schemes were disproportionate.
The National Crime Agency had complied with its obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 when using information obtained from a police force as part of an information-sharing practice between law enforcement agencies in disciplinary proceedings which resulted in an employee’s dismissal for gross misconduct.
In the context of prosecution appeals against rulings in respect of a trial, the Court of Appeal held that the notification requirements in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.58(4) and s.58(8) could be satisfied by email. It also held that the exemption from prosecution for police constables set out in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 s.10(3) did not apply unless the constable was using the dog in question in a directed task, or for an identifiable purpose, as part of a policing activity.
A police and Home Office operation under which EU citizens would be asked, if they were arrested, about their nationality and the basis on which they were exercising their rights to reside in the UK did not infringe the prohibition in Directive 2004/38 art.14(2) on systematic verification of EU citizens’ rights of residence.
A UK mining company which operated a mining site in Sierra Leone had not been liable for injuries, loss and damage allegedly caused by the police during a protest in 2010 and a strike in 2012 in villages in Sierra Leone near the mining site. The claimants had not succeeded in establishing liability in respect of their claims which included vicarious liability and negligence.