Compensation Case

Scope and Content

Correspondence, court papers and notes concerning Sarah Hipperson's claims for compensation for the nine occasions she had been arrested and convicted under the Greenham Bylaws, following the 1991 House of Lords ruling (5/GCW/A/02). The original claim for compensation brought before Bow County Court, was struck out on the grounds that the majority of the claim was statute barred, having exceeded the original six-year limitation period. Hipperson's remaining claims were again brought before the court on 11 Jul 1996, before being struck out on the grounds that the Chief Constable of the Ministry of Defence Police could not be held, at law, vicariously responsible for the torts of his officers. Following the failure of her previous compensation actions, Hipperson pursued a claim for negligence against the law firms she had employed to pursue the original claims. This case was heard in the High Court, 21-23 Oct 1996. On 06 Nov 1996, judgement was entered for Hipperson against the defendants, who were fined a nominal sum.

Custodial History

Papers concerning the cases were originally in the custody of Bindman's Solicitors, but were transferred to Hipperson's keeping at her request.