Hindley v Regina, Secretary Of State For The Home Department: CA 5 Nov 1998

The Home Secretary could impose a whole life tariff (better non-tariff) on a prisoner subject to life sentence, but must leave open possibility of review and receive representations. A tariff can be increased before being communicated to the prisoner.


Lord Woolf MR, Hutchison, Judge LJJ


Times 06-Nov-1998, [1998] EWCA Civ 1695, [2000] QB 152, [1999] 2 WLR 1253




England and Wales


Appeal fromRegina v Secretary of State for Home Department ex parte Hindley Admn 18-Dec-1997
The Home Secretary has the power to fix the tariff sentence for a lifer at her whole life where that was needed in order to satisfy the requirements of retribution and of deterrence.
Lord Bingham of Cornhill CJ said: ‘I can see no reason, in . .

Cited by:

Appeal fromRegina v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Ex Parte Hindley HL 30-Mar-2000
The prisoner, sentenced to life imprisonment with a whole life tariff for the murders of children, now appealed against the imposition of the whole life tarriff.
Held: The appeal failed. It was possible for a Home Secretary to set a whole life . .
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Updated: 23 May 2022; Ref: scu.135875