Public Policy in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Hill v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire
    • House of Lords
    • 28 Abril 1988

    In some instances the imposition of liability may lead to the exercise of a function being carried on in a detrimentally defensive frame of mind. A great deal of police time, trouble and expense might be expected to have to be put into the preparation of the defence to the action and the attendance of witnesses at the trial. The result would be a significant diversion of police manpower and attention from their most important function, that of the suppression of crime.

  • Fender v St. John-Mildmay
    • House of Lords
    • 28 Junio 1937

    It is the province of the statesman and not the lawyer to discuss and the legislature to determine what is best for the public good and to provide for it by proper enactments. On the other hand it fortifies the serious warning illustrated by the passages cited above that the doctrine should only be invoked in clear cases in which the harm to the public is substantially incontestable, and does not depend upon the idiosyncratic inferences of a few judicial minds.

  • Johnson v Gore Wood & Company (A Firm)
    • House of Lords
    • 14 Diciembre 2000

    That is to adopt too dogmatic an approach to what should in my opinion be a broad, merits-based judgment which takes account of the public and private interests involved and also takes account of all the facts of the case, focusing attention on the crucial question whether, in all the circumstances, a party is misusing or abusing the process of the court by seeking to raise before it the issue which could have been raised before.

  • Patel v Mirza
    • Supreme Court
    • 20 Julio 2016

    In assessing whether the public interest would be harmed in that way, it is necessary a) to consider the underlying purpose of the prohibition which has been transgressed and whether that purpose will be enhanced by denial of the claim, b) to consider any other relevant public policy on which the denial of the claim may have an impact and c) to consider whether denial of the claim would be a proportionate response to the illegality, bearing in mind that punishment is a matter for the criminal courts.

  • Arenson v Arenson
    • House of Lords
    • 11 Noviembre 1975

    There is a primary and anterior consideration of public policy, which should be the starting-point. This is that, where there is a duty to act with care with regard to another person and there is a breach of such duty causing damage to the other person, public policy in general demands that such damage should be made good to the party to whom the duly is owed by the person owing the duty.

  • Thoday v Thoday
    • Court of Appeal
    • 19 Diciembre 1963

    If in litigation upon one such cause of action any of such separate issues as to whether a particular condition has been fulfilled is determined by a Court of competent jurisdiction, either upon evidence or upon admission by a party to the litigation, neither party can, in subsequent litigation between one another upon any cause of action which depends upon the fulfilment of the identical condition, assert that the condition was fulfilled if the Court has in the first litigation determined that it was not, or deny that it was fulfilled if the Court in the first litigation determined that it was.

  • House of Spring Gardens Ltd v Waite
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 11 Abril 1990

    Not only would the plaintiffs be required to re-litigate matters which have twice been extensively investigated and decided in their favour in the natural forum, but it would run the risk of inconsistent verdicts being reached, not only as between the English and Irish courts, but as between the defendants themselves. Public policy requires that there should be an end of litigation, and that a litigant should not be vexed more than once in the same cause.

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