Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2012] All ER (D) 111 (Aug)
Neutral Citation: [2012] EWHC 2373 (Admin)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Divisional Court

Lord Justice Stanley Burnton and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker

Representation Patricia Robertson QC and Miles Bennett (instructed by Russell-Cooke LLP) for the appellant.
  Andrew Bodnar (instructed by Molesworths Bright Clegg, Rochdale) for the respondents.
Judgment Dates: 16 August 2012


Magistrates - Jurisdiction - Trial of information - Validity of information - Laying of information - Requirements for proper laying of information - Appellant company being engaged to investigate and prosecute alleged breaches of copyright infringement in respect of television broadcasts of football matches - Director of appellant laying information before justices, obtaining summons and serving on respondents - District judge finding prosecution void as director acting unlawfully in bringing private prosecution - Whether district judge erring - -, .

The Case

Magistrates Jurisdiction. The Divisional Court, in dismissing the appellant's appeal by way of case stated, held that the appellant had acted unlawfully in bringing a private prosecution for reward against the respondents in respect of alleged infringement of copyright in a television broadcast of a football match and the district judge had been right to find the proceedings void.

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