Investigating the Investigators

Investigating the Investigators

Police Failures to investigate and redress under the Human Rights Act 1998

This paper considers the opportunities for legal redress under the Human Rights Act 1988 (“HRA”) where police fail to carry out their investigative responsibilities. The main focus is on the claims available to victims of serious crimes against the person. However, I also examine briefly the position of those accused of crimes who experience delay in their exoneration as a result of incompetent investigation.

Author: Heather Williams QC

Publication date: June 24 2016