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COVERT HARASSMENT HEARING, PHILIP KERR VS MI5, THIS WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20TH, 10.30AM, ROLLS BUILDING, FETTER LANE, LONDON EC4A 1NL, CHANCERY LANE TUBE
Hearing starts at 10.30am in the Rolls Building, meeting point is 10am outside Chancery Lane tube Argos exit.
A full day hearing is to be held next Wednesday in the following harassment law suit: Philip Kerr -v- MI5.
The general public and the press are (or should be) allowed to attend this hearing. Please come along to watch, if you can, and please encourage the press to attend too, if you have any press contacts. The hearing should be jolly interesting for anybody with an interest in this topic. The general public showing interest in the outcome of the hearing, just by being there in the court room, won’t do any harm either, I dare say. It is has taken us many years just to get as far as this. Mr Kerr’s is something of a test case, that might well establish a route for others to get justice in the future.
When? Where?
The hearing starts at 10:30 on Wednesday 20th January 2016, in the Rolls Building, Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1NL.
Chancery Lane on the Central Line seems to be the nearest tube station. It’s an easy walk from there.
The hearing, I have been told, will be listed on the “Commercial Court” listing. (That information is included here in the hope that it will help you – and me too – to find out the room number of the court hearing, on the day, perhaps by looking on the internet before setting off, or at least when you arrive at the Rolls Building to watch the hearing on Wednesday, and have passed through airport-style security, I expect.)
The court in which the hearing is taking place is called the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. (Rolls Building, Commercial Court list, but it is the IPT that is actually hearing the case. Got all that?)
What is the hearing about?
To find out the facts of Mr Kerr’s harassment case against MI5, please read his blog. But Wednesday’s hearing won’t delve deep into those facts. All that comes later. Wednesday’s hearing is about the legal principles, of how any victim of harassment, by any agency like MI5, needs to go about getting justice for himself. In general.

Putting it very simply, this hearing will hear highly expert, fully qualified lawyers’ legal submissions about the following burning questions of law, on which the court will then make rulings:

1) Do the security/intelligence services have (so to speak) a carte blanche “licence to harass”? Are they (as they claim) allowed to harass anybody and everybody they feel like harassing, at any time, for any reason, including for coercion into collaboration of potential covert human intelligence sources (informers) and/or the extra-judicial punishment of suspected criminals who have been too clever to allow themselves to be convicted or of those who refused to become informers, or (upon innocent targets) for the research and development of new harassment techniques and technologies, or the training of new harassers, without the security/intelligence industry doing the harassment ever being held accountable before any court of law?

2) If somebody thinks that he or she is being harassed by the security/intelligence services, can he or she sue them under the (British) Protection From Harassment Act?

3) If so, should somebody who suspects that he or she is being harassed by the security/intelligence services start his court action in the High Court, the county court, or the Investigatory Powers Tribunal?

Admittedly, there is a bit more to it than this overall, but that is the general gist of what this hearing is about, the second hearing. Please consider coming along to watch the hearing on Wednesday, to show your support, if even that isn’t far too difficult for you, because you happen to live nowhere near London.

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