- Alert: High court has no jurisdiction to decide permission to appeal (Monroe v Hopkins)
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IP & IT analysis: This judgment relates to an application by Katie Hopkins to the High Court for permission to appeal against the judgment of Mr Justice Warby, dated 10 March 2017, in which Jack Monroe was awarded £24,000 in libel damages, plus costs, in respect of two tweets posted by Ms Hopkins. No application for permission to appeal was made at the handing down of the judgment or during the process of preparing the order following judgment, which was sealed on 21 March 2017. In the circumstances, the High Court refused the application, on the basis that it no longer had jurisdiction over the case. It indicated that it would have refused permission to appeal and noted that the points of law that had been raised were untenable, but declined to provide a reasoned analysis of the grounds of appeal. It also declined to stay the payment on account or the assessment of costs. It remains open to Ms Hopkins to apply to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal.
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