NEW: Johnny Depp has FAILED in his application to appeal the libel judgment which found The Sun newspaper’s allegation he engaged in domestic violence against Amber Heard was “substantially true”.
Mr Depp will not be able to take his legal case further on this issue and the High Court judgment of Mr Justice Nicol stands.
Today’s ruling will be posted shortly (if it’s not already) on the judiciary website here:
It is a 14 page, 50 paragraph judment. The two Court of Appeal judges, Lord Justice Dingemans and Lord Justice Underhill go through the appeal application (heard last Thursday) in some detail and conclude:
“We would accordingly dismiss both Mr Depp’s application for permission to adduce further evidence and his application for permission to appeal. As we have said, it is not easy to persuade this Court to overturn the findings of a trial judge on purely factual questions...
… We do not believe that there is a real prospect of it being prepared to do so in this case. The hearing before Nicol J was full and fair, and he gave thorough reasons for his conclusions which have not...
… been shown even arguably to b vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law.”

[vitiated = "destroyed or impaired the legal validity of”]
So there we go. All eyes now turn to the legal proceedings happening in the US. There is a trial - Depp v Heard - scheduled for next April at Fairfax County Court, VA about a different defamation issue, related to a newspaper article which appeared in the Washington Post.
I now have to run to court 4 of the Royal Courts of Justice to continue the live-tweeting of the Subpostmaster which has now entered day 4.

All my work here at the court this week is crowdfunding. Thank you for your contributions.
Here is the actual judgment:…

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25 Mar
Good morning and welcome to Day of R v Hamilton and others at the Court of Appeal. Today we will hear argument for and against the three appellants referred by the CCRC to the court. The Post Office is opposing their appeals. Live-tweet thread to follow.
Yesterday’s court report and all three previous days transcripts can be found here:
All my work this week is crowdfunded. If you find any of the stuff of the website useful there is an option to contribute here:…
… rewards include a forthcoming book on the scandal and access to the “secret” email - sent on an irregular basis when there are interesting things happening as the story moves through the courts, inquiry and parliament.
Read 188 tweets
25 Mar
Just remembered after several hours slaving over it I forgot to tweet my report from the court of appeal yesterday.…

If a tree falls…

I am on my way to court 71 of the Royal Courts of Justice to hopefully pick up the Depp v NGN ruling on Mr Depp’s application to appeal the High Court libel judgment against him. Then it will be a question of legging it to court 4 for the resumption of the CoA Subpostmasters...
… hearing.

If Johnny Depp’s application fails, that is the end of the legal road for him in this country on whether or not The Sun’s article, which called him a “wife-beater” is substantially true.
Read 6 tweets
24 Mar
Still meditating on this quote from the CEO of the Post Office today:

"Our understanding and interpretation of the business model needs to be turned on its head.”

This is because the Post Office always saw the government as its client - not its Subpostmasters.
The government gives the PO money and the PO oversees AND POLICES its distribution.

Subpostmasters were its risk.
But the government wanted profitability from the Post Office. So the Post Office sweated its only asset - its Subpostmasters - thinking of them more as slaves to be controlled rather than potential revenue drivers for the business.
Read 7 tweets
24 Mar
Post Office annual report and accounts just dropped - this is the delayed 2019/2020 accounts which is when the Post Office were throwing the kitchen sink at the High Court litigation - the numbers and comments should be interesting:…
"we recorded a statutory loss of £307 million, largely because of the cost of settling the Postmaster litigation in December 2019 and the related legal costs; £153 million we have allocated towards the Historical Shortfall Scheme settlements...
… Chief Executive Officer Nick Read said: “Maximising the potential of Postmasters should be the priority and we should behave accordingly. Sadly, this has not always been the case...
Read 25 tweets
24 Mar
Good morning and welcome to Day 3 of the Court of Appeal hearing into whether 42 former Subpostmasters should have their convictions quashed after being criminalised by the Post Office. This will be a tweet thread of proceedings, which start at 10.30am. Some housekeeping...
… Everything I tweet from court is a summary and/or paraphrase of what is being said. Nothing is a direct quote unless it is in “direct quotes”.

We have had two explosive days in court so far. On Monday we found out that the Post Office had ordered documents...
… pertaining to discussions about the reliability of Horizon (the Post Office IT system, evidence from which was used to prosecute Subpostmasters) should be shredded:…

Yesterday (Tuesday) we found out who ordered the shredding - it was the Post Office’s
Read 208 tweets
23 Mar
Welcome to Day 2 of R v Hamilton et al at the Court of Appeal. 42 former Subpostmasters hope to have their criminal convictions overturned. Here is Ms Hamilton arriving at the RCJ this morning flanked by her barrister Tim Moloney QC (l) and her solicitor, Neil Hudgell.

Proceedings are due to start at 10.30am. Brian Altman QC will be speaking for the Post Office.

The clerk has informed us we will be observing the minute silence at noon in memory of the victims of COVID-19.
Seema Misra is in court today, as is Declan Salter, the new(ish) Post Office Director specifically charged with dealing with the fallout from this scandal. Neil Hudgell has taken his place in the gallery. Sam Tobin from the Press Association has to deal...
Read 259 tweets

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