Case details

R v Reeves Taylor (AP) (Appellant)

Case ID: UKSC 2019/0028

Case summary


What is the correct interpretation of the term ‘person acting in an official capacity’ in section 134(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988? In particular, does it include someone who acts otherwise than in a private and individual capacity for or on behalf of an organisation or body which exercises or purports to exercise the functions of government over the civilian population in the territory which it controls and in which the relevant conduct occurs?


The appellant is charged with conspiracy to torture contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and torture contrary to section 134(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. The Supreme Court is now asked to consider the questions above.



Agnes Reeves Taylor


Crown Prosecution Service





Lady Hale, Lord Reed, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge, Lord Lloyd-Jones

Hearing start date

24 Jun 2019

Hearing finish date

25 Jun 2019


Reporting Restrictions

R v Reeves Taylor (AP) (Appellant)

Case ID: UKSC 2019/0028

There are strict reporting restrictions in place, because:
  1. this is a criminal case in which any trial has yet to begin and no one yet knows what the evidence will be, still less what facts will be established;
  2. an Act of Parliament automatically prevents publication until after the trial of pre-trial proceedings except for the barest of details: names, addresses and the offences alleged; the aim is to ensure that the jury is not at risk of being affected by anything published and that the trial is not prejudiced in any way;
  3. it follows that there cannot be live streaming or the full reporting of the proceedings; and
  4. the restrictions will last until the end of any trial or further order, but will not be permanent.

The Court ordered that in accordance with section 37 of the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996, the following reporting restrictions continue to apply.

Until the conclusion of the criminal proceedings or further order of this court or the Crown Court, nothing may be reported except the following:

  1. the identity of the court(s) and the name of the judge(s);
  2. the name, age, home address and occupation of the accused;
  3. the offences, or a summary of them, with which the accused is charged;
  4. the names of counsel and solicitors engaged in the appeal;
  5. whether for the purposes of the appeal representation was provided to the accused under Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.