High Court grants permission in challenge to John Worboys’ release and Parole Board restrictions on open justice


Lawyers representing the Mayor of London and two victims of the serial sex attacker John Worboys have been granted permission by the High Court to challenge the Parole Board’s decision to release him.

Phillippa Kaufmann QC, for victims DSD and NBV, said there were two distinct issues to be considered. These are whether Worboys should be released and whether rule 25 of the Parole Board Rules, which prevents the release of any information about Parole Board proceedings, was lawful.

The Court also granted permission to News Group Newspapers which had brought a separate challenge to the Parole Board’s refusal to release its decision to direct the release of Mr Worboys.

The three claims will be heard together in March.

Phillippa Kaufmann QC and Nick Armstrong are instructed by Birnberg Peirce for the two victims. Dan Squires QC is instructed by the Mayor of London. Gavin Millar QC and Aidan Wills appear on behalf of News Group Newspapers, instructed by RPC.

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