Clift v The United Kingdom: ECHR 30 Apr 2009

Mr Clift was serving a sentence of 18 years’ imprisonment for very serious crimes, including attempted murder, and complained that the early release provisions in respect of his sentence gave rise to a violation of article 14. The House of Lords held that Mr Clift’s classification, as a long-term prisoner serving a determinate sentence of 15 years or more, did not amount to an ‘other status’, and accordingly there was no infringement of article 14.
Held: The ECtHR took the contrary view, holding that Mr Clift did come within article 14 and that there was no objective justification for the different release provisions applied to prisoners in his category.
7205/07, [2009] ECHR 718
European Convention on Human Rights
Human Rights
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See AlsoClift v The United Kingdom ECHR 13-Jul-2010
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CitedStott, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Justice SC 28-Nov-2018
The prisoner was subject to an extended determinate sentence (21 years plus 4) for 10 offences of rape. He complained that as such he would only be eligible for parole after serving two thirds of his sentence rather than one third, and said that . .

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