Britain’s got its way on prisoners’ votes – so why withdraw from the ECHR?

In yesterday’s judgment on 1,015 “legacy” applications, the European Court of Human Rights ruled once again that the legislative bar on prisoners’ voting breaches article 3 of the first protocol to the European Convention. That result was predictable given the Court’s case law on votes for prisoners. But more importantly, the Court awarded none of these […]

UK Supreme Court judgment: R (Chester) v Justice Secretary, McGeoch v Lord President

It’s no surprise that the Supreme Court has today unanimously dismissed appeals by two prisoners who wanted various remedies under the Human Rights Act and EU law for being denied the vote in Parliamentary, local, Scottish Parliament and European election. These cases were always weak. Lord Mance gave the leading judgment and all the justices […]