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Families of suicide victims lose judicial review

Families of suicide victims lose judicial review over their prison deaths

The relatives of two inmates who committed suicide in HMP Woodhill last July have lost their English High Court case calling for action to protect prisoners. 

The relatives claimed that the prison governor had not compiled fully with Prison Service Instructions (PSIs) which cover management of prisoners at risk of harm to themselves.  Since May 2013 18 prisoners have died by suicide at HMP Woodhill, a rate that the relatives argued was exceptionally high.

Prisoners' Rights, Suicide

Local Judicial Review - Humanist Marriages

Permission granted to humanist marriage challenge

On 10th May 2017 the High Court granted permission to Laura Lacole’s challenge to have her forthcoming humanist marriage legally recognised. 

Freedom of Thought, Conscience & Religion, Northern Ireland High Court, Religious Law

Local Judicial Review - Police Ombudsman

Systemic underfunding of Police Ombudsman impeding investigation of complaints

Bell’s (Patricia) Application [2017] NIQB 38

Mr Justice Maguire has ruled that persistent government underfunding of the Police Ombudsman’s office is impeding investigations of complaints against police within a reasonable time. 

Local Developments

Depriving a suspected terrorist of his citizenship is ruled lawful under ECHR

K2 v the United Kingdom (application no. 42387/13)

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) unanimously declared inadmissible, an application that decisions to deprive the applicant of British citizenship and exclude him from the UK, violated his rights under Articles 8 and 14 of the Convention.


Website editor not liable for publishing sexual allegations against political candidate

Olafsson v Iceland [2017] ECHR 259

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that the Icelandic courts were wrong to hold a website editor liable for publishing allegations made by two sisters that a relative, who was standing for election, had sexually abused them when they were children.

Dafamation, Media