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December 2015

Supreme Court dismisses parking ticket challenge

Other Public Interest Cases

Refusal of inter-prison visits does not breach human rights

O’Neill and Lauchlan v Scottish Ministers (2015) CSOH

The Outer House of the Court of Sessions in Scotland has dismissed challenges brought by two convicted paedophiles to the Scottish Prison Service’s decision to deny inter-prison visits. 

Prisoners' Rights

Supreme Court rules immigrants’ spouses must speak English before entering UK

R (on the application of Ali and Bibi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2015) UKSC 68

The UK Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge against immigration rules requiring people to be able to speak English before joining spouses in the UK. 

Since late 2010 the spouses of a British citizen or a person settled in Britain must pass an English language test before entering the country.  Prior to this, they were only required to demonstrate such knowledge two years after entry. 

Immigration & Asylum

Landmark ruling allows MS sufferer to die


ECtHR finds breach of NI man’s Article 8 rights


R.E. v The United Kingdom (Application no. 62498/11)

The European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) held unanimously that there had been a violation of a local man’s (known as RE) Article 8 rights (Right to respect for private and family life) in regard to the covert surveillance of solicitor/client consultations.

ECHR Art. 8, Local Developments

Court refuses to quash 2015 legal aid rules despite finding two aspects of decision-making process unlawful.

Legal Aid