Posted by Raj Chada | Partner
on 19th October 2017
The Supreme Court has dismissed an application for judicial review by an acquitted defendant in a trial brought about as a result of two brothers, former Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) members, who turned ‘supergrass’ for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). The brothers’ information subsequently resulted in the conviction of only one of a large group of defendants. Following a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to refer the brothers for re-sentencing, one of the acquitted defendants brought judicial review proceedings against the DPP’s decision. Lawyers from Hodge Jones & Allen LLP and Corker Binning, and a leading counsel, discuss whether the decision to not refer the sentence back was wrong, its implications for public confidence in the justice system, and the potential practical effects.