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Police Misconduct: legal remedies
John Harrison, Stephen Cragg and Heather Williams QC
Cover of Police Misconduct: legal remedies
Fourth edition |  April 2005  | 760pp
ISBN: Pb 978 0 905099 91 0

Now in its fourth edition, this is a unique and practical guide for advisers and practitioners covering civil actions, the police complaints procedure and other remedies such as judicial review, inquests and human rights law.

'Lawyers and non-lawyers concerned with complaints of police misconduct will find this essential reading.' Law Society Gazette

This book equips the reader with the essentials for advising on the full range of procedures, strategies and tactics available. It provides thorough procedural advice and step-by-step guidance from pre-issue considerations through to jury trial and appeal. There is detailed guidance on the most common torts - false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and misfeasance - and clear analysis of developing causes of actions against the police such as negligence, privacy, discrimination and claims under the Human Rights Act. It outlines other available remedies such as judicial review and inquests, and includes a unique guide to obtaining compensation for wrongful convictions from the Home Office.

Since the last edition of this book the legal background to the field of police misconduct has transformed. The fourth edition has been substantially rewritten and expanded to include a major analysis of developments such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission, new police discipline systems, constitutional changes to the organisation of the police and ever-widening police powers.

Contents include:

- The constitutional and organisational position of the police

- Police complaints

- Discipline and criminal prosecution

- Intentional torts to the person

- Abuse of power including malicious prosecution and misfeasance in a public office

- Negligence and related actions

- Wrongful interference with land and goods

- Human rights and discrimination

- Suing the police: pre-action considerations

- Bringing the action - issue of proceedings to exchange of witness statements

- The civil action trial

- Damages

- ECHR (process of taking a case to Strasbourg)

- Inquests, judicial review and other remedies

The authors

John Harrison is a solicitor and partner at Sharpe Pritchard in London.

Stephen Cragg is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London specialising in actions against the police and public law.

Heather Williams QC is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London specialising in civil liberties, actions against the police, human rights and discrimination law.