The Investigatory Powers Tribunal process is an important way for individuals to challenge any public body, including the police, if they think that an authority has used surveillance and other kinds of covert techniques in the wrong way.
In this case, there was a challenge to decisions made by Cleveland Police in and around the period May to August 2012.
The Tribunal has said that it will hand down its judgment in the New Year.
Commenting about the case, Mr Coppinger said:
“The protection of civil liberties is fundamental in a democratic society and all organisations, including the police, must respect that principle and the laws that exist to ensure that protection.
“I have followed the reports from this hearing. It would appear the Judges have been highly critical of actions by Cleveland Police in 2012 and have indicated they will find against the Force.
“That raises serious questions about what has gone on and clearly action must be taken to establish how this has happened and to ensure there is no repeat. I will make further comment after full judgment has been delivered.”
Posted on Tuesday 20th December 2016