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Chief Constable of the North Wales Police v Evans

[1982] 1 WLR 1155

Case summary last updated at 07/01/2020 11:53 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Chief Constable of the North Wales Police v Evans

 D the Chief Constable dismissed C a probationer constable because he had heard largely unfounded rumours about his private life, but D believed them. The rumours included a former "hippy" lifestyle, the keeping of 4 dogs and financial difficulties. HL held that the Chief Constable’s decision to force the resignation of the respondent was vitiated by his erroneous assumption that he had an absolute discretion and by his total failure to observe the rules of natural justice in not giving the respondent the opportunity to refute the allegations on which the chief constable relied. HL emphasised that it was scrutinising the procedure, NOT the fairness of the decision itself. 

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