26 May 2015

Two recent judgments in the United Kingdom have declined to impose a duty of care on police officers to protect individuals from harm by third parties.

In Michael and others v Chief Constable of South Wales Police and Chief Constable of Gwent Police[2015] UKSC 2 a majority of 5-2 of the Supreme Court held that the police do not generally owe a common law duty to exercise reasonable care to safeguard victims or potential victims of crime, except in cases where there has been a representation and reliance.

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