Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2009] All ER (D) 02 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2009] EWHC 2370 (Admin)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court (Manchester)
Judge:

Irwin J

Representation Pete Weatherby (instructed by Scott-Moncrieff, Harbour & Sinclair) for the claimant.
  Clive Sheldon (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 6 July 2009

Catchwords

Prison - Prisoner - Management and treatment of prisoners - Review - Post-tariff lifer seeking immediate release or transfer to open conditions on review before parole board - Board declining to release or transfer despite evidence to contrary - Whether board's decision irrational.

The Case

Prison Prisoner. The Administrative Court held that the parole board had acted irrationally in deciding not to allow the claimant - a long-serving lifer whose tariff had expired at the relevant date - to be transferred to open conditions or immediately released, despite evidence from experts who had recommended that at least one of those two courses of action was to be adopted.

If you are a LexisLibrary subscriber you can read more about this case here.