Court of Appeal refuses to re-open appeals for murder convictions based on new joint enterprise law
You may remember that in the March Edition of the Update, we reported the case R v Jogee, Ruddock v The Queen  UKSC 8. This case, which was decided in the Supreme Court, set aside murder convictions based on joint enterprise by overturning previous decisions. It was ruled that the secondary party must intend to assist or encourage someone to commit the crime in order to secure a conviction. Foresig
The High Court ordered the Home Office to pay six claimants damages to the total value of £39,500 for misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), as a result of mistakenly publishing a spreadsheet online which contained the personal data of asylum seekers.
Police ordered to pay damages for obtaining private information about absent officer
The Central London County Court awarded damages to a former police office, whose former employer, the Metropolitan Police sought personal information about her from the National Board Targeting Centre (NBTC) which is managed by the Greater Manchester Police. The information sought concerned a trip Ms Brown had taken to Barbados with her daughter while she was on sick leave.
The High Court found that while the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 prevented unmarried couples from claiming an entitlement to bereavement damages, the right to privacy and family life under the Convention was not engaged. The Court indicated that it hoped the outcome of this case would provoke further discussion in Parliament about possible reform of the law.