Hamer v United Kingdom: ECHR 1979

(Commission) The Commission considered the right of a prisoner in prison to get married.
Held: A rule against such marriages was incompatible with article 12. The Commission explained the power of national laws in relation to article 12: ‘Such laws may thus lay down formal rules concerning matters such as notice, publicity and the formalities whereby marriage is solemnised. They may also lay down rules of substance based on generally recognised considerations of public interest. Examples of rules concerning capacity, consent, prohibited degrees of consanguinity or the prevention of bigamy. However, in the Commission’s opinion national law may not otherwise deprive a person or category of persons of full legal capacity of the right to marry. Nor may it substantially interfere with their exercise of the right’. And ‘[States] may also lay down rules of substance based on recognised considerations of public interest’


(1979) 4 EHRR 139, (1979) 24 DR 5


Europen Convention on Human Rights 812

Cited by:

CitedJ and B CA 7-Nov-2002
The Crown prosecution service sought judicial review of a decision by the registrar of marriages to celebrate the marriage between the parties. He was due to face trial for murder, and she was to give evidence against him.
Held: The registrar . .
CitedBaiai and Others, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department Admn 10-Apr-2006
The respondent brought in laws restricting marriages between persons subject to immigration control, requiring those seeking non Church of England marriages to first obtain a certificate from the defendant that the marriage was approved. The . .
CitedBaiai and others, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department HL 30-Jul-2008
In order to prevent marriages of convenience in the UK the Secretary of State introduced a scheme under which certain persons subject to immigration control required her written permission to marry and would not receive it unless they were present . .
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Updated: 30 April 2022; Ref: scu.235944