Dark Justice has won a landmark court ruling that allows them to catch perverts, two men who the group snared brought a legal case claiming that their undercover operations “diminished the integrity of the court’s process.”
So far Dark Justice has convicted 42 child sex offenders and their videos are circulated online once the offender has been brought to justice if there is no conviction the details are never revealed.
Defence lawyers argued that Dark Justice should be subject to regulation to prevent the law from being “evaded” and attempted to block Dark Justice’s evidence being used in court.
If the Judge ruled against Dark Justice many cases around the country would have collapsed and previous convictions would have had grounds for appeal.
Mr Justice Langstaff said there was no legal requirement for the activities by the group to be subjected to controls.
“The members of Dark Justice have acted as private citizens throughout.
“Authorisation of them by any public authority to act as a covert human intelligence source was and is not required by law.
“The provisions of RIPA are directed towards the behaviour of public authorities rather than private citizens. There is no legal requirement for their activities to be subject to any of the controls that might have been a condition of authorisation.”
He added: “There may remain an argument that in doing what they did, Dark Justice did not act in the public interest to reduce crime, but rather acted in a manner contrary to the public interest by helping to create it where it might not otherwise have occurred.”
The judge said the proceedings against the two men who brought the arguments to court would continue.
Speaking after the ruling, Dark Justice said: “We are members of the public and have never been employed by the police or any government agency.
“We do this because we are concerned citizens who worry about the future of our children.
“If we weren’t proactively catching these people it would be real children, real victims.