Okoturo, R (on the application of) v Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Court of Appeal - Administrative Court, November 14, 2018, [2018] EWHC 3316 (Admin)

Resolution Date:November 14, 2018
Issuing Organization:Administrative Court
Actores:Okoturo, R (on the application of) v Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
 
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CO/3987/2018

Neutral Citation Number: [2018] EWHC 3316 (Admin)

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION

ADMINISTRATIVE COURT

Royal Courts of Justice

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Before:

MR JUSTICE SWIFT

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B E T W E E N :

THE QUEEN

ON THE APPLICATION OF

OKOTURO Claimant

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COMMISSIONER OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE Respondent

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THE CLAIMANT appeared in Person.

MR A USTYCH (instructed by Directorate of Legal Services) appeared on behalf of the Respondent.

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J U D G M E N T

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MR JUSTICE SWIFT:

1 The underlying complaint in this application for judicial review arises from events on 8 October 2016, when police attended the Claimant in response to a complaint he had made against a third party. On that occasion, various pieces of information were recorded by the police officers, and the information was then placed on the Commissioner's Merlin database. The information having been recorded by the Commissioner was then disclosed to the London Borough of Lambeth, who had sought information from the Commissioner in connection with an application for employment the Claimant had made to the London Borough of Lambeth.

2 The recording of the information, and the disclosure of that information to Lambeth, resulted in a complaint by the Claimant to the Commissioner of 27 June 2017, which then resulted in a conclusion by the defendant in August 2017 to the effect that it did not consider that there had been any breach of professional standards.

3 The Claim Form was issued on 31 August 2017. It challenged the refusal by the police to delete references to various parts of the information recorded on 18 October 2018. Permission to apply for judicial review was refused on the papers on 31 October 2017. The application for permission was then renewed. The grounds for renewal included reference to...

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