Common informer


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(Law) one who habitually gives information of the violation of penal statutes, with a view to a prosecution therefor.
- Bouvier.

See also: Informer

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Beresford, "The Common Informer, the Penal Statutes and Economic Regulation," Economic History Review 10, no.
The practice of the common informer, reports the Britannica, was "not without its dangers.
Our High Court emphasised the needs to ensure the purity of the register may be paramount, and the person aggrieved should be interpreted liberally rather than restrictively, with some limits so as to discourage "applications for rectification or removal by busybodies or common informers or strangers proceeding wantonly or persons without any interest in the Register or the functions it serves beyond gratifying an intellectual concern or reflecting merely sentimental motives.
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