Cox v Ministry of Justice

Vicarious liability – Crown. The claimant prison catering manager was injured by the negligence of a prisoner. She issued proceedings against the defendant Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for damages for personal injury. The judge dismissed her claims and the claimant appealed. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division held that the MoJ was vicariously liable for the injury caused to the claimant, as the differences from the normal employment relationship between the prisoner and the MoJ rendered the relationship between them, if anything, closer than that of an employer and its employees.

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