Scholes v Secretary of State for the Home Department: CA 17 Oct 2006

The deceased had committed suicide whilst in prison. The judge had requested that prison should be told of the risk of self harm. The mother appealed refusal of the judge to grant a judicial review of the Home Secretary’s refusal to grant, as requested by the coroner. A public inquiry into the pre-sentence exercise, the allocation process and the availability and provision of local authority secure children’s homes.
Held: The respondent had demonstrated a proper awareness of the additional issues. The inquest itself had involved an inquiry, and the respondent had ordered additional investigations short of a public inquiry. Those together satisfied the obligations under article 2.


Lord Justice Pill and Lady Justice Arden


Times 10-Nov-2006, [2006] EWCA Civ 1343




European Convention on Human Rights 2


England and Wales


Appeal fromScholes, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department Admn 16-Jan-2006
The deceased had committed suicide whilst in a Young Offenders Institute. The coroner had called for a further enquiry into the way he had been sentenced. The Home Office refused a public enquiry saying that the coroner’s inquest had satisfied its . .

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CitedGentle, Regina (on the Application of) and Another v The Prime Minister and Another HL 9-Apr-2008
The appellants were mothers of two servicemen who had died whilst on active service in Iraq. They appealed refusal to grant a public inquiry. There had already been coroners inquests. They said that Article 2 had been infringed.
Held: The . .
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Updated: 22 November 2022; Ref: scu.245586