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Divisional Court quashes direction to release John Worboys and declares unlawful Parole Board secrecy rule

Related Member(s):
Phillippa Kaufmann QC, Nick Armstrong, Dan Squires QC, Sarah Hannett, Gavin Millar QC, Aidan Wills
Related Practice Area(s):
Public Law, Prison Law, Media and Information Law

The Divisional Court, Sir Brian Leveson, President, Garnham and Jay J, has today quashed the direction of the Parole Board releasing the black cab rapist, John Worboys, now known as John Radford. The Court has also declared unlawful the Parole Board rule which prohibits the making public of any information concerning parole proceedings, on the basis that it goes too far, infringing the open justice principle and the right of victims to access the court.

Phillippa Kaufmann QC and Nick Armstrong, instructed by Harriet Wistrich of Birnberg Peirce, represented the victims DSD and NBV. Dan Squires QC and Sarah Hannett represented the Mayor of London. Gavin Millar QC and Aidan Wills, instructed by RPC, represented News Group Newspapers Ltd.

Phillippa Kaufmann QC and Nick Armstrong, on behalf of DSD and NBV, have prepared a note explaining the judgment. That may be found here.

A copy of the judgment may be found here.