Challenges Against Public Authorities in Northern Ireland

What are Public Authorities?

Public Authorities are governmental organisations which provides public services. In Northern Ireland, the Police Service (PSNI) are a public authority for example.

Do Public Authorities (PPS) owe a Duty of Care?

The PSNI  not only have a duty to enforce the law and prevent crime, but they also have a duty of care to the public. Public Authorities owe a private and public liability to people. It is expected that public authorities carry out their duties in the public’s best interest. Unfortunately, some authorities do not always act in accordance with their obligations and this can result in a breach of your rights.

Bringing an Action Against a Public Authority

What are my rights?

Below we have compiled a list of what you need to know:

How do I know that the police are not abusing the law?

If you have been affected by any of the below you may be entitled to make a claim against the PPS in Northern Ireland:

-Wrongful Arrest

-Malicious Prosecution

-Misconduct in Public Office


-Accidental Disclosure of Personal Information

-Interference with your property

-False imprisonment

-Abuse of power by a police or prison officer

-Failure to report abuse or violent behaviour of other prisoners

-Other abuse by the PPS

If your case is not listed above but you believe you experienced unjustified treatment from the PSNI do not hesitate to contact our offices.

How We Can Help

At P.A. Duffy & Company Solicitors our legal team has experience in representing victims of public law abuses by the authorities in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

We understand that being arrested or imprisoned by the police can be a very traumatic experience.  It is important to therefore to obtain sound advice at an early stage.


Call us now on 028 8772 2102 (UK) / 01 533 7860 (IE), or Make An Online Enquiry and we will soon be in touch.

Challenges Against Public Authorities in Northern Ireland was last modified: January 21st, 2022 by Conal McGarrity