Mr S was awarded £20,000 after being punched in the face by a police officer and then subsequently arrested and prosecuted on false allegations that he had assaulted the said police officer. The prosecution failed at trial when Mr S was found not guilty of all charges.
Mr B was awarded £22,000 after being manhandled by a serving police officer before being arrested and prosecuted for alleged offences against that officer. The prosecution proceeded to the day of the trial before being dropped and our client acquitted.
Legal aid is available to pursue complaints and claims against the police and other public authorities for assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution along with other possible claims for damages. Subject to financial qualification, initial advice is provided free of charge under the Legal Services Legal Help Scheme. We are a specialist provider of such advice under that scheme.
If court proceedings are required to issue your claim, it will be necessary to obtain a public funding certificate. To obtain a funding certificate for court proceedings there is a two fold test. The first part is an income based test to see whether your income qualifies you for funding. The second part of the test is a merit test to assess whether your claim is strong enough to warrant use of the public fund. It is for us as a firm to advise the Legal Services Commission on this element.
Pursuing these difficult cases is always preferable with the benefit of Legal Aid to cover your costs liability however should you not qualify for Legal Aid whether financially or because the Legal Services Commission are not persuaded of the merits of your claim then we will consider other funding options with you including 'No win no fee' agreements.
Fees (Police Claims)
Upon your contacting our offices we will be happy to discuss which funding options outlined above are available to you when making a complaint or claim against the police. You will not be charged for this funding assessment and after talking to us you are under no obligation to engage our services.