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Administrative Law

Administrative Law (11th edn)

William Wade and Christopher Forsyth
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date: 22 July 2024

21. Crown Proceedingslocked

21. Crown Proceedingslocked

  • Sir William WadeSir William Wadeformerly Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cambridge
  •  and Christopher ForsythChristopher ForsythFellow in Law, Balliol College, University of Oxford


This chapter discusses the liability of the Crown itself. ‘The Crown’ refers to the sovereign acting in a public or official capacity. The passage of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947 placed the Crown, in principle, in the position of an ordinary employer and of an ordinary litigant. The law as it now stands under the Act may be divided under four headings: tort, contract, remedies and procedure, and statutes affecting the Crown.

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