New Episode of Law Pod UK: the Gerry Adams case
23 July 2020
The recent ruling by the Supreme Court that the former leader of Sinn Féin had been unlawfully detained and convicted in the 1970s has elicited some severe criticism from high places, including former Supreme Court judge Jonathan Sumption. Matt Hill of 1 Crown Office Row discusses this case with Rosalind English in the latest episode of Law Pod UK. Matt has worked on a number of cases relating to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. He was involved as an in historian on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, was junior counsel to the Inquiry on the recent Birmingham pub bombing inquests, and has written about the use of inquiries and inquests in dealing with the legacy of the Troubles. The discussion focusses on the so-called “Carltona” principle regarding the responsibility of ministers to consider each function of administration. Lord Sumption has said that the Supreme Court ruling in the Adams case has “left the law in an awful mess”.
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As an occasional visitor to your blog I was very impressed with your Gerry Adams podcast which was so interesting that when it finished I commented aloud to myself that it had been very good whereupon Siri responded with “nice to be appreciated” !! While it is no laughing matter if Lord Sumption is correct in saying that the decision obscures a previously clear area of law, I thought you might appreciate hearing that it was not just Siri that appreciated the blog but yours truly HM
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