Principle and Policy in Malicious Prosecution

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Judicial consideration by the Judicial Committee of the Privy
Council, and the United Kingdom Supreme Court, of the tort of malicious prosecution – historically confined to criminal prosecution and limited civil proceedings – demonstrates considerable confusion in Common Law systems over the roles of principle and policy in judicial reasoning. As judgements extending malicious prosecution to maliciously motivated civil claims demonstrate, the principles and policies underpinning malicious prosecution and abuse of process, and the relationship between these torts – regarded by judges and jurists as anomalous – remain unclear. Other common law jurisdictions are yet to positively affirm the revised malicious prosecution tort’s applicability to civil proceedings, and the few plaintiffs to plead the expanded tort to date have been unsuccessful.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-193
Number of pages36
JournalBond Law Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2022


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