Self Incrimination in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Rank Film Distributors Ltd v Video Information Centre
    • House of Lords
    • 08 April 1981

    Moreover whatever direct use may or may not be made of information given, or material disclosed, under the compulsory process of the court, it must not be overlooked that, quite apart from that, its provision or disclosure may set in train a process which may lead to incrimination or may lead to the discovery of real evidence of an incriminating character. In the present case, this cannot be discounted as unreal: it is not only a possible but probably the intended result.

  • Istel (AT & T) Ltd v Tully
    • House of Lords
    • 20 July 1992

    Indeed, in my opinion, the privilege can only be justified on two grounds, first that it discourages the ill treatment of a suspect and secondly that it discourages the production of dubious confessions. I regard the privilege against self incrimination exercisable in civil proceedings as an archaic and unjustifiable survival from the past when the court directs the production of relevant documents and requires the defendant to specify his dealings with the plaintiff's property or money.

    I can for myself see no argument in favour of the privilege against producing a document the contents of which may go to show that the holder has committed a criminal offence. The contents of the document will speak for itself and there is no risk of the false confession which underlies the privilege against having to answer questions that may incriminate the speaker.

  • Rank Film Distributors Ltd v Video Information Centre
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 15 February 1980

    The reasoning of the judgments is often terse and difficult to follow. Mr. Nicholls was the first to concede that it was impossible to derive from these cases any coherent underlying principle by which to distinguish the exceptional case where the privilege is not available from the normal case where it is. The furthest one can go is to say that they indicate a willingness on the part of nineteenth century judges to override the privilege when to allow it would defeat the justice of the case.

  • Brown v Stott (Procurator Fiscal, Dunfermline)
    • Privy Council
    • 05 December 2000

    The jurisprudence of the European Court very clearly establishes that while the overall fairness of a criminal trial cannot be compromised, the constituent rights comprised, whether expressly or implicitly, within article 6 are not themselves absolute. Limited qualification of these rights is acceptable if reasonably directed by national authorities towards a clear and proper public objective and if representing no greater qualification than the situation calls for.

  • R v Mushtaq (Ashfaq Ahmed)
    • House of Lords
    • 21 April 2005

    In terms of section 6(1) of the 1998 Act it is therefore unlawful for the judge and jury to act in a way which is incompatible with a defendant's right against self-incrimination as implied into article 6(1). Such a direction was an invitation to the jury to act in a way that was incompatible with the appellant's right against self-incrimination under article 6(1). As such, the direction was itself incompatible with that right.

  • Rio Tinto Zinc Corporation v Westinghouse Electric Corporation; Re Westinghouse Electric Corporation Uranium Contract Litigation M.D.L. Docket No. 235 (No. 1) and (No. 2)
    • House of Lords
    • 01 December 1977

    At common law, as declared in section 14(1) of the Civil Evidence Act 1968, the privilege against self- incrimination was restricted to the incrimination of the person claiming it and not anyone else. There is no trace in the decided cases that it is of wider application; no text book old or modern suggests the contrary. It is not for your Lordships to manufacture for the purposes of this instant case a new privilege hitherto unknown to the law.

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  • Civil Evidence Act 1968
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 1968
    ...... to civil proceedings, and in respect of the privilege against self-incrimination to make corresponding amendments in relation to statutory ......
  • Terrorism Act 2000
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 2000
    ...... (4) Possession of a current disabled person's badge shall not. itself constitute a reasonable excuse for the purposes of subsection. (3). (5) ...association. Self-incrimination Self-incrimination. . SCH-6.9 . 9.   . (1) Customer information ......
  • Children Act 1989
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 1989
    ...... . (10) The person with whom any such arrangement is made. may himself be a person who already has parental responsibility. for the child ...section. S-98 . Self-incrimination. 98 Self-incrimination. . (1) In any proceedings in which a court is ......
  • Civil Evidence Act (Northern Ireland) 1971
    • Northern Ireland
    • January 01, 1971
    ...... to civil proceedings, and in respect of the privilege against self-incrimination to make corresponding amendments in relation to statutory ......
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Books & Journal Articles
  • Selfincrimination: Recent Developments
    • Nbr. 4-1, March 1996
    • Journal of Financial Crime
    • 47-51
    The privilege against selfincrimination was invented by judges in 1645 to curb the excesses of their colleagues in the Court of Star Chamber. Since then, it has become embedded in the common Law w...
  • The privilege against self-incrimination
    • Nbr. 20-2, April 2016
    • International Journal of Evidence & Proof, The
    In ‘Rethinking the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination’, Mike Redmayne offered an ingenious proposal that both motivated the privilege and explained the difference between statements and other for...
  • The Privilege against Self-Incrimination
    • Nbr. 7-4, December 2016
    • New Journal of European Criminal Law
    This article revisits the different justifications of the privilege against self-incrimination and examines two topical issues, the relation between the privilege and documentary evidence and the a...
    • Nbr. 1-1, January 1992
    • Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance
    • 116-119
    This briefing reviews the historical and recent development of the privilege against selfincrimination and its partiadar relevance in the field of financial regulation. The author discusses the id...
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Law Firm Commentaries
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  • Chapter SIOG6105
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ...... risk that this evidence will be excluded (see “The right to silence/Self-Incrimination” in the FIS Handbook). . Section 17 of the Commissioners ......
  • Chapter DMBM668050
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ...... in evidence under a judgment summons, because of the possibility of self-incrimination. This restriction does not extend to information provided as ......
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