A case review of R (Catt) v Association of Chief Police Officers

  • This piece was written over a year ago. It may no longer accurately reflect my views now, or may be factually outdated.

This case review was written for the Introduction to Law module (LL.M5230) of my MSc. It achieved a grade of Distinction.

Abstract

R (Catt) v Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) was a 2015 appeal case heard by the United Kingdom Supreme Court (UKSC). The case revolved around the issues of police creation and retention of information, with the respondents relying on both art. 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Data Protection Act 19983 to show that the police had no right to such information. Firstly, the two items of legislation will be described inasmuch as they relate to the case in question. Then, the case history leading up to the UKSC ruling will be detailed, followed by a summary of the present case. An opinion shall then be put forth as to the quality of the UKSC verdict, followed by a conclusion.

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