Monday, 3 May 2010

The Adjudicator, Barbara Mills, criticised and discredited by High Court

As Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Dame Barbara Mills, resigned after being criticised by the High Court for repeatedly failing to justify decisions not to prosecute police officers over deaths in police custody in 3 separate cases (Lapite, O’Brien and Treadaway).

In 1997 Lord Justice Rose said that Barbara Mills of the CPS made flawed decisions not to prosecute four ex-members of the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad who allegedly handcuffed a suspect and put a plastic bag over his head to gain a confession. The High Court ruling said the way the decision was reached was a breach of the department's Code for Crown Prosecutors and was perverse and flawed by failing to give reasons. The High Court said Barbara Mills should reconsider the case. This was the third occasion within a week in which the Court has questioned the way the DPP has handled allegations of police violence.

The Adjudicator, Barbara Mills, has a history of making flawed decisions. Bad habits die hard. Barbara Mills, who was criticised and discredited by the High Court when DPP, continues today to make perverse, irrational, unhinged and flawed decisions.

In the year ending 31 March 2009, the Adjudicator, Barbara Mills, investigated 41 complaints about the Valuation Office Agency, of which 31 were completed, and only 5 upheld. The Adjudicator recommended the VOA pay compensation to complainants totalling £320 (£64 per complaint upheld).

No wonder so few complaints are upheld when the Adjudicator breaches the rules of natural justice by denying a complainant the right to see or comment on the VOA's evidence, and has been caught out deliberately conceal incriminating evidence of VOA wrongdoing.