*R (on the application of British Sky Broadcasting Ltd) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Criminal evidence – Disclosure. Police officers arrested two military officers on suspicion of having committed offences under the Official Secrets Act 1989. The commissioner of police sought disclosure of journalistic material, which required an application to be made to the court inter partes. A judge allowed an application by the commissioner to hear certain evidence ex parte. The Administrative Court quashed that order on the basis that it was unlawful. The Supreme Court, dismissing the commissioner's appeal, agreed with the Administrative Court's decision that it had not been permissible for the judge in the lower court to adopt the course he had adopted.

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