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NCJ Number: 120296 Find in a Library
Title: Civil Actions Against the Police
Author(s): R Clayton; H Tomlinson
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 451
Sponsoring Agency: Sweet and Maxwell
London, NW3 3PF, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-421-34420-2
Sale Source: Sweet and Maxwell
Marketing Director
100 Ave. Road
London, NW3 3PF,
United Kingdom
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book, intended for legal practitioners, details present British law on the legal remedies available to citizens who allege police misconduct or abuses of power by public authorities.
Abstract: The book points to the evolution of a police and civil law concept in Britain in the 1980s and details the common law and statutory status and responsibilities of British police. Procedures for bringing misconduct complaints against the police are discussed and specific kinds of actionable police misconduct such as tort actions for assault and battery, unlawful detention, arrest, trespass, search and seizure, and surveillance are identified. Damages and remedies available for abuses of police power are discussed as are judicial review of police decisions and the relevance of such international agreements as the European Convention on Human Rights. Table of cases included.
Main Term(s): Civil liability
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Complaints against police; Great Britain/United Kingdom
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