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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

R v Chaytor and others

The Supreme Court has just announced that the appeals in R v Chaytor and others (reported below at [2010] All ER (D) 335 (Jul)) have been dismissed, with reasons to follow.

The appeals concerned MPs facing criminal charges arising out the expenses scandal, who sought to argue that the courts had no jurisdiction to try them. 

One recalls Lord Denning's famous quotation of Thomas Fuller (Gouriet v Union of Postal Workers [1977] 1 All ER 696 at 718): 

Be you never so high, the law is above you

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