Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2009] All ER (D) 189 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2009] EWHC 188 (Admin)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court (London)

Sir Michael Harrison sitting as a judge of the High Court

Representation Hugh Southey and Jude Bunting (instructed by Chivers) for the claimant.
  Lisa Busch (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 26 January 2009


Prison - Release on licence - Refusal to release on licence - Applicant serving eight-year prison sentence for rape - Applicant becoming eligible for parole - Parole board concluding risk of re-offending too high and declining to release applicant - Whether parole board erring.

The Case

Prison Release on licence. The Administrative Court upheld the defendant parole board's decision not to release the claimant on parole, where there had been no error of law or fact in its decision and a reasonable person reading the decision letter would have concluded that the claimant's application for parole had been bound to fail.

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