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courtofsessionRuddy v Chief Constable, Strathclyde Police & Anor [2012] UKSC 57 – read judgment

The Supreme Court has ruled that an individual who claimed to have been assaulted by police officers was entitled to bring an action in the sheriff court (Scotland) seeking  damages at common law and under the Human Rights Act 1998 against the relevant chief constable arising from the officer’s actions.

He was also able to claim damages under the 1998 Act against the chief constable and the Lord Advocate in connection with an allegedly ineffective investigation into the incident.

The following is based on the Supreme Court’s press summary. References in square brackets are to paragraphs in the judgment.

Background facts

The appellant was arrested in September 2004 and taken to a police station in Glasgow. He alleged that he was abused and threatened with violence by the Strathclyde police officers during and after the journey…

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