We aim to ensure that anyone following or supporting this case has an opportunity to understand the case – including how the women are having to fight to have their case heard.
On this page you can find links to the following topics:
- Why this is a civil case
- Two different kinds of legal claims (human rights law & common law)
- Applications by the police to strike out the case
- Police application for secret court
- ‘Neither Confirm Nor Deny’
Why this is a civil case
To understand the difference between a civil and a criminal case, and the state of play with current criminal investigations, see here.
Two different kinds of law
The women are bringing claims under human rights law and common law. To understand the difference between the two, read more here.
Applications by the police to strike out the case
The women have faced attempts by the police to have their case struck out. For an explanation of what a ‘strike out’ means, see here.
Police application for secret court
This is an ongoing fight against the women’s human rights claims being heard by a secret court, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, under RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act). Read more here.
‘Neither Confirm Nor Deny’
The police have been attempting to evade legal accountability by hiding behind the smokescreen of ‘Neither Confirm Nor Deny’ (NCND). For more on NCND, see here.