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Regina v Director of Public Prosecutions, ex parte Manning

[2001] QB 330

Case summary last updated at 07/01/2020 13:59 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Regina v Director of Public Prosecutions, ex parte Manning

 X died from suffocation while being restrained by police officers and a coroner’s inquest concluded that there was an unlawful killing. However the DPP decided not to prosecute and refused to give reasons. P applied for judicial review on the basis that he was not given reasons by the DPP. QBD held that while there was no general duty on the DPP to provide reasons for its decisions, in the circumstances of (1) a death (importance demonstrated by fact that it is highest right in ECHR) and (2) an actual preliminary conclusion that there had been an unlawful killing (coroner’s verdict) the DPP did have to give reasons to comply with the fairness/natural justice requirement. 

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