R (on the application of British American Tobacco (UK) Ltd and other companies) v Secretary of State for Health and other applications (Action on Smoking and Health intervening)

Disclosure and inspection of documents – Court documents. Court documents from the claimants' judicial review proceedings, seeking to have declared unlawful legislation that the defendant Secretary of State was proposing to introduce regulating the packaging of tobacco products, were to be disclosed to the applicant non-governmental organisation that promoted tobacco control measures and legislation worldwide, and thereby into the public domain. The Administrative Court had an inherent jurisdiction to order disclosure and it was immaterial that the documents sought might, technically, not all fall within the scope of the CPR.

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