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Hundreds of sub-postmasters win landmark case against Post Office over Horizon IT fiasco

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Mar 15, 2019 8:57 AM 1+ week ago

The victory means the Post Office "will never again be able to behave as they have in the past with impunity", says one claimant.

More than 550 sub-postmasters have won their first case against the Post Office over an IT system they say caused some of them to be wrongly accused of theft and false accounting.

The dispute over the Horizon system has spanned a decade, but on Friday a High Court judge ruled in the postmasters' favour in the first of four trials.

Horizon was introduced between 1999 and 2000 but the six lead claimants, who represented the larger group, claim it was riddled with problems.

They accuse the Post Office of not training them properly on the system, failing to investigate the cause of alleged shortfalls and misleading them about its reliability.

However, Mr Justice Fraser has decided on 23 key issues about the parties' contractual relationship which will be important in the other hearings.

He said the Post Office is subject ...

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