D the watch committee for the police dismissed C who had been acquitted at Crown Court on charges relating to conspiracy and corruption. The trial judge intimated C had not given professional and moral leadership to other officers. HL held that the decision to dismiss C was void because the watch committee had not observed the principles of natural justice. C had not been charged nor informed of the grounds on which they proposed to proceed and had not been given a proper opportunity to present his defence.
Lord Morris: "It is well established that the essential requirements of natural justice at least include that before someone is condemned he is to have an opportunity of defending himself, and in order that he may do so that he is to be made aware of the charges or allegations or suggestions which he has to meet”.