R v Lemon

JurisdictionEngland & Wales
JudgeLORD JUSTICE ROSKILL
Judgment Date17 March 1978
Judgment citation (vLex)[1978] EWCA Crim J0317-1
Docket NumberNo. 3970/R/77
CourtCourt of Appeal (Criminal Division)
Date17 March 1978

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  • R (Green) v City of Westminster Magistrates' Court
    • United Kingdom
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 5 Diciembre 2007
    ...... The offence of blasphemous libel . 10 Although it is very rarely invoked, the existence of the offence of blasphemous libel is established in English law. That is demonstrated by the decision of the House of Lords in Whitehouse v Lemon [1979] AC 617 , where the point was conceded after elaborate review of its history in the Court of Appeal. Before that case, the last known instance of the offence being invoked was in 1922. There appears to have been no other since 1979 until the present. Nevertheless, Mr Pannick QC and Miss ......
  • R v Chief Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate, ex parte Choudhury
    • United Kingdom
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 9 Abril 1990
    ...submits that we should. But this dictum, which was not repeated in the judge's summing up, received no support from the Court of Appeal [1979] 1 Q.B. 10, nor the House of Lords [1979] A.C. 617. The only issue that arose on appeal related to the mens rea of the offence. As to that Lord Diplo......
  • R v Gibson ; R v Sylveire
    • United Kingdom
    • Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
    • 12 Abril 1991
    ...... In their Lordships' judgment the requirements with regard to mens rea should be the same in outraging public decency as they were in the cognate common law offence of obscene libel. If that was so, the decision of the House of Lords, albeit by a majority in Lemon, indicated that the contentions of the prosecution in the present case were to be preferred. Passages by Lord Russell of Killowen in Lemon (at pp657-658) summarized the majority views and they and Mr Worsley's submissions led their Lordships to the conclusion that, where the charge was one of ......
  • R v Lemon R v Gay News Ltd
    • United Kingdom
    • House of Lords
    • Invalid date
    ...to protect the religious beliefs and feelings of non-Christians (post, p. 658B). Decision of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) [1979] Q.B. 10; [1978] 3 W.L.R. 404; [1978] 3 All E.R. 175 affirmed. The following cases are referred to in their Lordships' opinions: Bowman v. Secular Socie......
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