Child born with congenital disabilities as a result of incestuous rape not entitled to compensation
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority v First Tier Tribunal (Social entitlement Chamber) and Y by his mother and Litigation Friend [2017 EWCA Civ 139
The Court of Appeal held that a child born as a result of incestuous rape was unable to claim compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) for his congenital disabilities. These disabilities were 50% likely in the case of this child, compared to a 2-3% likelihood for the general population.
On the 9th February 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found that the forcible removal of journalists from a parliamentary press gallery was a violation of their right to freedom of expression.
High Court dismisses application by people in the Niger Delta to bring action against Shell in the UK
The High Court has ruled that 42,000 people in the Niger Delta affected by oil pollution cannot proceed with a legal challenge in the UK against Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary.
Shell has been responsible for oil spills in the Niger Delta. The UN’s Environment Programme UNEP researched the destruction and produced a report in 2011. It found that Shell had not taken sufficient action to clean up and set out initial steps to rectify the damage.
In previous updates, we reported that the High Court of Northern Ireland had dismissed two judicial review challenges concerning Northern Ireland’s constitutional provisions, while the High Court of England and Wales held that the Secretary of State did not have power under the Royal Prerogative to give notice under Article 50 to withdraw the UK from the EU.
The High Court held that the Secretary of State did not have power under the Royal Prerogative to give notice under Article 50 and thereby commence the process under which the UK would leave the European Union.