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April 2018

Disclosure of criminal records not required in some cases

R (QSA and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Dept and Secretary of State for Justice [2018] EWHC 407 (Admin)

The High Court of England and Wales has found that the law forcing three former prostitutes to reveal their past convictions violates the right to a private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Enhanced Criminal Records Checks

Gay hospital chaplain loses discrimination case against Church of England

A gay clergyman who was prevented by the Church of England from taking up a job in the NHS as a hospital chaplain has lost his discrimination appeal claim.

Canon Pemberton, a Church of England priest for more than 30 years, had his permission to officiate revoked after he married his partner in 2014.  This left him unable to take up a job offer as a hospital chaplain.  The Church of England allows priests to be in gay relationships and civil partnerships as long as the relationship is celibate, but they are forbidden from marrying their partners.


Leave granted in gold mining judicial review

The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review to examine potential flaws in a pre-application consultation carried out by a gold mining company.

Permission for the case, against Northern Ireland’s Department of Infrastructure, was granted on the basis that the Department had failed to have regard to material considerations, including flaws in the pre-application community consultation process. 

Environment Rights & Planning Law

ECtHR rejects Irish Government’s request

Case of Ireland v. The United Kingdom ECtHR 5310/71

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has rejected the Irish government’s request to find that the maltreatment of 14 detainees, by the British state during the Troubles, amounted to torture.

Dismissing the request by 6 votes to 1, the ECtHR said that the original judgment, which found that the treatment of the men was inhumane and degrading but not torture, should still stand. 

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