Making a Claim Against the Police

We are a voluntary group set up to support people who take part in protest. The process outlined below is the same regardless of the nature of your complaint. However, if your claim / complaint is not protest-related then further advice should be sought through a solicitor. Please do not phone us if your claim does not arise from taking part in protest. We will not be able to assist you.

Have you been a victim of police misconduct or violence and want to know if you can take them to court?

This guide will take you through the civil claims process, giving you an understanding of how to sue the police in the courts.

Please note: This is not intended to be exhaustive and you should always speak to a solicitor when considering legal action against the police.

  1. What can I make a claim for?
  2. What kind of court case will it be?
  3. What could I get if I win?
  4. What are the costs?
  5. How long have I got to start a case?
  6. What should I do next?

Gathering Evidence

Your chances of succeeding in holding the police to account are better the more evidence you can get:

  • Video footage
  • CCTV footage
  • Witness statements
  • Photographs
  • Doctors note

So start gathering now!