|Source:||All England Reporter|
|Publisher Citation:|| All ER (D) 08 (Mar)|
|Court:||Queen's Bench Division|
|Representation||Patrick Moloney QC and David Sherbourne (instructed by Peter Carter Ruck) for the claimants.|
|James Price QC and Rupert Elliott (instructed by Farrer & Co) for the defendants.|
|Judgment Dates:||1 March 2002|
Elections - Local government - Ballot papers - Certain ballot papers uncounted after declaration of result - Informal count taking place - Returning officer applying for recount - Application adjourned - Defendants commenting on conduct of application - Libel action - Justification for comments - Proper procedure on application - Whether informal count lawful - Whether returning officer having locus standi to make application - Local Elections (Principal Areas) Rules 1986, r 47 of Sch 2.