Control of policing by the Human Rights Act

July 2, 2021

UK-According to the government team charged with reviewing the Human Rights Act, court decisions concerning violations of human rights put additional pressure on the extended police, which could jeopardize the speedy investigation of serious crimes.

According to the minutes of a roundtable discussion between the review team, led by Sir Peter Gross, and UK police services, the Human Rights Act has improved policing.

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‘While no chilling effect on policing has yet been demonstrated, it has constrained the police’s discretion in terms of decision-making in some situations,’ according to the document.

According to the review, investigators in serious crime units worked with an “ingrained concern” for how an external body, such as the inspectorate, media, or public, would perceive any negative outcome.

‘This pressure is increased by human rights-based court decisions that result in the requirement that every avenue of investigation be exhausted prior to closure,’ according to the note.

Please contact Legal Research Institute of Pakistan for further assistance.

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