Adams, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Justice: CA 27 Nov 2009

The claimant sought compensation for his imprisonment after the overturning of his conviction, on the basis that evidence had emerged which undermined the conviction.
Held: Such a claim could not succeed where the reason for the non-use of the evidence was the incompetence or otherwise of the defence lawyers. Existing law had not decided just what constituted new evidence as regards who any evidence was unknown to. A failure by a defence team to recognise the significance of a particular item of evidence was not an example to fall with Lord Bingham’s categories in Mullen of something going seriously wrong, unless that failure was so bad as to be egregious.
References: [2009] EWCA Civ 1291, Times 07-Dec-2009, [2010] QB 460, [2010] 3 WLR 63, [2010] 1 Cr App R 25
Links: Bailii
Judges: Lord Justice Waller, Lord Justice Dyson and Lord Justice Lloyd
Jurisdiction: England and Wales
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Last Update: 12 July 2020; scu-Ref: scu.381578