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AG v Jonathan Cape Ltd

[1975] 3 All ER 484

Case summary last updated at 05/02/2020 09:26 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case AG v Jonathan Cape Ltd

A publisher wanted to publish Richard Crossman’s diaries and AG sought an injunction to stop them. Lord Widgerey CJ ruled that the court had the power to stop publication due to collective responsibility (NB: the convention is being made a legally enforceable rule) but that since the diaries pertained to cabinet meetings nine years previously, their publication wouldn’t be stopped.

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