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Court dismisses deprivation of liberty claim by prisoner on home detention curfew recalled to prison

Whiston, R (on the application of) [2014] UKSC 39

Related Member(s):
Hugh Southey QC
Related Practice Area(s):
Crime and Regulatory Law, Prison Law, Human Rights
Court:

On appeal from: [2012] EWCA Civ 1374 


The appellant was released from prison on a home detention curfew, and then recalled to prison under the Criminal Justice Act 2003, s 255. He sought to claim this was a deprivation of liberty under ECHR, art 5(4). The Court held that under Strasbourg jurisprudence where a person was lawfully sentenced to a determinate term of imprisonment, he was not able to challenge his loss of liberty during that term on the ground that it infringed art 5(4). This was because “the lawfulness of his detention” had been “decided . . . by a court”, in accordance with that article.  Where the Secretary of State exercised her discretion to release a prisoner before the end of the requisite custodial period of their sentence, art 5(4) was not infringed if that licence is subsequently revoked.

Hugh Southey QC was involved in this case.