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Manley v Commissioners of Police for the Metropolis

An award of basic damages for malicious prosecution below the range recommended by the judge and the failure to award aggravated damages were decisions that no reasonable jury could have come to in the circumstances.

7 July 2006

The appellant (M) appealed against a basic award of damages for malicious prosecution and a decision not to award him aggravated damages following his substantial success in his claim alleging, inter alia, malicious prosecution by police officers for whom the respondent police commissioner was responsible. The jury’s findings had involved a number of police officers having told lies at a criminal trial to support fabricated allegations on which M had originally been charged, and having continued to tell those lies in order to try and defeat M’s claim in the civil proceedings. After the jury had brought in its verdicts on liability in M’s claim, the judge provided guidance on basic damages by reference to a range of figures, and further directed the jury as to the approach it should take to the question whether there should be an award of aggravated damages, and if so the quantum of such an award. However, no guidance was given as to how the jury should view M’s bad ...

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