Supreme Court hears landmark police immunity challenge

A seven-judge panel of the Supreme Court has, this week, heard two days of oral argument in the case of Michael and others v Chief Constable of South Wales Police and another. Joanna Michael was killed by her former partner, even though she had telephoned 999 and told police officers that her former partner had told her that he would be back any moment to kill her.  The central issue in the appeal is whether the police should continue to be immune from common law challenge in negligence.  The appeal will also consider the duties owed by the police under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

 

Nicholas Bowen QC and Jude Bunting act for the Appellants, along with Duncan Fairgrieve of 1 Crown Office Row.  They are instructed by Hywel Davies of Martyn Prowel solicitors.

 

For further information, see the BBC, the Independent and Refuge.

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