Crown Privileges

Adam Tomkins

in The Nature of the Crown

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198262732
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682407 | DOI:
Crown Privileges

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This chapter argues that it is wrong to be tempted to dismiss the archaic privileges and immunities of the Crown in Great Britain as both harmless and unimportant. It argues that the privileges of the Crown undermine the very essence of the concept of the rule of law and cites public interest immunity as an example. It discusses the presumption that the Crown is not to be bound by statute and the application of this presumption in the context of the Crown's liability to pay taxes.

Keywords: legal immunity; rule of law; public interest; taxes; privileges

Chapter.  12719 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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