Bite-size human rights case law

22 December 2010 by

Lots of judgements are being released this week as judges tie up their business in time for the holidays. Here is a quick roundup of human rights cases.

More trouble for the LSC tender process

  • Hereward & Foster Llp & Anor v The Legal Services Commission [2010] EWHC 3370 (Admin) (21 December 2010) A number of different organisations have attempted to judicially review the much criticised Legal Services Commission tender of publicly funded work, initially the Community Law Partnership and most notably (and successfully), the Law Society. In this case a solicitor has had its permission application refused regarding the LSC’s immigration tender as it was out of time, but the court  did find that the “supervisor attendance criteria” imposed by the LSC indirectly discriminated against women as in privileging round-the-clock service, it prejudiced part-time over full-time workers (see para 62 for a summary of the judge’s conclusions). So a partial (moral) victory for the solicitors, with the immigration tender process looking in trouble and vulnerable to future challenges on indirect discrimination grounds.

Prisoners’ rights

Double jeopardy not enough to prevent deportation

No further public inquiry into Iraq abuse allegations… for now

  • Mousa, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Defence & Anor [2010] EWHC 3304 (Admin) (21 December 2010)
    The High Court has refused a demand for a public inquiry into detention of Iraqis between 2003 and 2008, as it was satisfied that the government is still investigating the issues through its new ‘Iraq Historic Allegations Team. The High Court did not rule out the possibility of a public inquiry in future. There were over a hundred claimants, and they claimed that the state needs to open a public inquiry in order to satisfy the investigative aspect of article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which outlaws torture and inhumane treatment but also requires states to adequately investigate abuse allegations in order to prevent rights breaches happening again (see our previous post for more information).

No right to documents for media in extradition hearing

Court martial was article 6 (right to fair trial) compliant

  • R -v- Timothy Twaite, Court Martial Appeal December 21, 2010
    There was no breach of article 6 fair trial rights in a finding of fraud by an air force court-martial. The appellant claimed that the 4-1 bare majority decision was insufficient for a criminal conviction, which must be beyond reasonable doubt. The court rejected his appeal, and said that in future individual members’ opinions should not be disclosed, and only a finding of guilty or not guilty should be recorded.

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