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High Court rules that serious harm test applies to tweets


Court of Appeal refuses to disclose Sergeant Blackman video clips due to threat to life

R v Alexander Blackman; and BBC, ITN, Times Newspapers Ltd, British Sky Broadcasting, Guardian News and Media and Associated Newspapers Ltd and Ministry of Defence [2017] EWCA Crim 326

The Court of Appeal refused to release some of the video footage which showed Sergeant Alexander Blackman killing an injured disarmed Taliban insurgent.  It was held that it would significantly endanger a large number of people and could be used to radicalise terrorists.

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Child born with congenital disabilities as a result of incestuous rape not entitled to compensation

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority v First Tier Tribunal (Social entitlement Chamber) and Y by his mother and Litigation Friend [2017 EWCA Civ 139

The Court of Appeal held that a child born as a result of incestuous rape was unable to claim compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) for his congenital disabilities.  These disabilities were 50% likely in the case of this child, compared to a 2-3% likelihood for the general population.

Other Public Interest Cases

Supreme Court rules that cohabitee is entitled to share of deceased’s partner’s pension

In the matter of an application by Denise Brewster for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2017] UKSC 8

The Supreme Court unanimously allowed an appeal by a woman from Northern Ireland, in which she claimed that she was entitled to a share of her deceased’s partner’s pension.


Police misconstrued their legal powers during the ‘flag protest’

DB v Chief Constable of PSNI [2017] UKSC 7

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the police had legal powers to stop the ‘flag protests’ that took place in Belfast in December 2012 and continued into March 2013. 

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