Supreme Court judgment in the Prince Charles Letters case

26 Mar 2015 | by Caroline Sweeney

The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the case of R (Evans) and Another –v- Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21 – the long-running battle over whether letters sent by Prince Charles to various government departments should be disclosed.

By a majority 5 to 2 verdict, the Supreme Court determined that the former Attorney General was not entitled to prevent disclosure of the letters. By a majority of 6 to 1, the Supreme Court also held that the power granted to Cabinet Ministers and the Attorney General to override a decisions requiring disclosure under the Environmental Information Regulations is incompatible with the European directive on public access to environmental information.

Josh Homes appeared for the Attorney General (Appellant); Julianne Kerr Morrison appeared for the Campaign for Freedom of Information (Intervener).

Read the judgment here.

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