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The High Court has allowed a claim for judicial review by the former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police challenging the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire’s decision to require him to resign following the verdicts in relation to the Hillsborough deaths.

This was the first case to examine the scope of a PCC’s powers to require a Chief Constable’s resignation, granted under the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011. The Court found that the PCC’s exercise of that power in this case (purportedly on the basis of perceived, or anticipated, public reaction to a statement the Chief Constable had made) had had no reasonable foundation and was irrational and contrary to the Chief Constable’s rights under Article 8 ECHR. 

The full judgment can be found here.

Jessica Boyd was junior counsel for the Claimant.