Redston v DPP - High Court hears case concerning Dominic Cummings

Mon, 02 Nov 2020

Michael Mansfield QC and Philip Rule appear in Divisional Court in challenging the DPP over the failure to consider the Dominic Cummings affair.

On Tuesday 3 November 2020 the Divisional Court will hear the application for permission to judicially review the DPP

  1. over his failure to consider whether to refer the well-known Cummings case of a potential breach of the lockdown laws in March and April 2020; and
  2. challenging the apparent lack of independence that the DPP has from ministers, and in particular the Attorney-General, whose tweet at the time supportive of Cummings leads some to question how free the DPP really is, or appears to be, to make an objective decision over Cummings’ case.

Philip Rule, of No5 Chambers, is led by the renowned Michael Mansfield QC of Nexus Chambers. They are instructed by Lorna Hackett of Hackett and Dabbs Hackett & Dabbs LLP. The action is brought by Martin Redston who is a concerned citizen who has abided by the requirements of lockdown for the benefit of others and seeks accountability for all subject to the proper rule of law.

Members of the public have contributed towards the costs of bringing the action in the public interest. A Crowdjustice page is available here: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/investigatedominiccummings/

The case has already been widely reported nationally and in London, for example:

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/jun/16/public-prosecutor-max-hill-faces-legal-action-over-dominic-cummings-trip-durham

https://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/politics/judicial-review-lodged-against-dpp-1-6704480

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/uk-prosecutor-threatened-legal-action-22171607

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