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Civil Actions Against Durham Constabulary Police

Have you ever been the victim of police misconduct?

Civil Actions Against Durham Constabulary Police

If you have been a victim of police misconduct, harassment or have been mistreated by Durham Constabulary Police whilst in police custody in north-east England, you could be entitled to compensation. You do not have to accept poor police conduct, if your civil liberties or human rights have been infringed, HNK Solicitors can pursue this for you.

We have a team of experienced and dedicated Actions Against the Police and civil liberties solicitors with specialist knowledge in this area, who can help provide you with advice and support every step of the way. We want to ensure you get the outcome you desire, whether this is a formal apology, disciplinary action against Durham Constabulary Police officer(s) involved, or compensation for your mistreatment.

Durham Constabulary is the territorial police force responsible for policing County Durham and Darlington in North East England. It covers an area of 862 square miles and serves a population of 595,308 residents. Durham Constabulary was one of the first county police forces to be set up, built in 1839.

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HNK Solicitors have successfully sued a number of police forces on behalf of numerous clients, so we have plenty of experience in pursuing civil actions against the police. Whether you have been subject to police misconduct as a resident of Durham, or just whilst visiting the area, we can help you pursue a claim against Durham Constabulary Police force. We regularly accept instructions from clients nationwide. Do not worry if you cannot make it to our office, as we can deal with matters by way of telephone, letter, and email, and have a facility for clients to sign documentation electronically to speed up the process.

We understand this process can be challenging and emotionally demanding but our expert solicitors will guide you through the process. We represent clients throughout Durham, in a wide variety of police conduct cases. Some are instances of minor conduct issues however others are serious failings and gross misconduct issues that have resulted in officers being sent to prison and dismissed.

Examples of Durham Constabulary Police Misconduct:

There are many different types of police misconduct, which you can claim against Durham Constabulary Police for, including:

  • Assault and battery
  • Police dog bites
  • Wrongful arrest/False Imprisonment
  • Unlawful stop and search
  • Negligence
  • Breach of human rights (e.g. unlawful strip search/trespass to your home)
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Misfeasance in public office (abuse of power by the police)
  • Discrimination under the equality act (e.g. racial, sexual, etc.)
  • Retention/misuse of personal information such as DNA and finger-prints
  • Disclosure and Barring service complaints
  • Judicial Review
  • Trespass to property
  • Breach of data protection
Durham Constabulary Police

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What should you do if Durham Constabulary Police have mistreated you?

You need to make a complaint to Durham Constabulary Police within one year of the incident. Ideally, this should be a written statement with your full name, address, and contact information, as well as details of the allegation and complaints you are making. Durham Constabulary Police’s complaints process can be quite complex, so it is beneficial to instruct a specialist solicitor on police conduct. Consult HNK before you make your complaint to Durham Constabulary, and we can review it for you. The purpose of the complaint is to have the particular officer investigated for the complaint that was made.

 

Durham Constabulary Police then allocates your complaint to an officer or to the professional standards department to investigate it. It will then be dealt with in one of two ways. Local resolution is used in less serious complaints, and Local Investigation is used for more serious complaints, where a complaint needs to be investigated further. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the investigation you are given 28 days to appeal the decision.

 

The civil action against the police is conducted with the purpose of obtaining compensation for mistreatment and/or an admission of liability. Actions against Durham Constabulary Police are often highly defended, so it is highly advised you have an experienced legal team, such as ourselves, to help fight your case for you, if you want a successful outcome.

 

What can we do for you?

Our actions against the police and civil liberties solicitors have fought many cases against Durham Constabulary Police throughout Durham and are recognised as leaders in the field of human rights law and actions against the police.

 

We are proud to offer a no-win, no-fee service, depending on the facts of your case and an initial assessment. This means you won’t have to pay a penny upfront. We also routinely act under private funding and legal expenses policies. Contact us today to find out more.

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Contact us today to arrange a free no-obligation discussion about your case against West Midlands Police.

No-win-no-fee

Dependent on the details of your case we can offer a no-win, no-fee service, so it won’t cost you a penny to begin the process of making your civil liberties claim. You are then only expected to pay a percentage of the compensation you are awarded if your case is successful.

Get the outcome you desire

Our expert lawyers will fight the case on your behalf, to get the outcome you desire.
FAQ

What can your Actions Against Durham Constabulary Police help me with?

Our AAP department deals with cases where there have been allegations of Police Misconduct from Durham Constabulary Police. We have helped hundreds of clients throughout Durham, who have suffered a range of issues, such as:

• Wrongful Arrest and imprisonment
• Wrongful stop and search
• Discrimination
• Malicious Prosecution
• Assault and Battery
• Trespass to property
• Human Rights breaches
• Data protection breaches
• Seizure of property

Can you help with my claim against Durham Constabulary Police?

We try our best to help anyone who has encountered a problem with the Police. We regularly accept instructions from clients nationwide. Despite our office being based in Liverpool, our expert Actions Against the Police department often represent clients from all over England and Wales and take on cases against a variety of police forces. We can deal with matters by way of telephone, letter, and email, so you don’t need to worry if you are claiming against Durham Constabulary Police. We also have a facility so that our clients can sign documentation electronically to not only speed the process of progressing your case but helping us do our bit for the environment too!

Can I take Durham Constabulary Police to court myself?

In this country, as long as you do not have a civil restraint order, you can issue Court proceedings, however, actions against Durham Constabulary Police are highly contentious. In our view, the litigation process can be complex for the layperson, so we urge anyone who wants to take Durham Constabulary Police to court to seek legal advice before doing so.

Further, it would be imperative to understand the litigation process and the law to ensure you have the best chance of success.

Won’t Durham Constabulary Police just delete the video footage?

If you have suffered an injustice or misconduct by the Durham Constabulary Police, it is important to act quickly so all relevant footage can be retained. If you instruct us, our specialist complaints team will ensure a request is made for all footage and ensure Durham Constabulary Police force do everything reasonable to help secure the same.

What is the difference between a police complaint and a police claim?

A police complaint is different from a police claim, as the complaint deals with the standards of professional behaviour and whether the officer has breached the same. If the officer is found to be in breach, then sanctions may be imposed against the officer, such as dismissal, suspension, restricted duties or a warning. The complaints process can also refer the officer to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Unfortunately, in our experience, officers are rarely sanctioned, and the complaints procedure is not always fit for purpose.

A police claim, on the other hand, deals solely with compensation following police misconduct. Unlike a complaint, a civil claim is pursued through the Court system and if successful, can result in damages and legal costs being paid by the Defendant police force.

When should I make a complaint to Durham Constabulary Police?

Initial complaints need to be made to Durham Constabulary Police force within one year of the incident. A claim for personal injury damages needs to be made within three years of the incident. Other aspects of your complaint against Durham Constabulary Police such as matters arising under the Human Rights Act must be made within one year. For discrimination complaints, a complaint must be made within six months of the incident. In other areas such as malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, and misfeasance in public office, a claim must be made within six years.

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