Friday, 15 February 2013



IPP sentences - ECHR ruling stands as Grand Chamber rejects Government's application to appeal

"The ECtHR Grand Chamber confirmed yesterday that they have declined the government’s request to review the Court’s judgment in the leading IPP case; James, Wells and Lee v UK. The unanimous decision of the ECtHR, which held there had been a violation of Article 5(1), therefore became final on 11 February 2013."

February 15, 2013

European Court awards damages to prisoner after Parole Board backlog

"BETTERIDGE v. THE UNITED KINGDOM – 1497/10 – HEJUD [2013] ECHR 97 – Read judgment

On 29 January the Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held that convicted rapist Samuel Betteridge’s Article 5(4) rights had been breached due to delays in his cases being considered by the Parole Board, and awarded him damages for his ‘frustration’. The media furore, at varying degrees of accuracy, here and here."

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