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Essential Cases: Public Law

Essential Cases: Public Law (4th edn)

Thomas E. Webb
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date: 26 January 2022

Attorney General v Jonathan Cape Ltd [1976] QB 752, High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)locked

Attorney General v Jonathan Cape Ltd [1976] QB 752, High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)locked

  • Thomas E. WebbThomas E. WebbLecturer in Law, Lancaster University

Abstract

Essential Cases: Public Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Attorney General v Jonathan Cape Ltd [1976] QB 752, before the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division). This case concerns the constitutional convention of collective Cabinet responsibility which requires, inter alia, that Cabinet discussions remain secret, whether the publication of a diary detailing Cabinet discussions breached the convention, and what the constitutional consequences of any breach were. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Thomas Webb.

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