Tangney v The Governor of HMP Elmley and Another: CA 29 Jul 2005

The claimant was a serving a life sentence. During prison disciplinary proceedings he was refused legal and other assistance, and an outside tribunal on the basis that since any finding would not lead to any loss of remission or extra time, his rights to a fairtrial were not engaged.
Held: The prisoner’s appeal was dismissed. The prisoner’s continued detention was determined by the issue of the safety of the public on his release once te determinate part of his sentence was complete. The rules might benefit from clarification. The applicant’s rights to a fair trial at common law were not higher than those granted by t heconvention.


Sir Mark Potter P, keane LJ, Scott Baker LJ


[2005] EWCA Civ 1009, Times 30-Aug-2005, [2005] HRLR 1220, [2005] 2 Prison LR 253




Prison Rules 1999 (1999 No 728) 51, European Convention on Human Rights 86


England and Wales


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The applicant sought to succeed to the tenancy of his deceased homosexual partner as his partner rather than as a member of his family.
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The applicants were serving prisoners. They had been the subject of disciplinary proceedings in which they had been denied the right to representation. They claimed an infringement of their right to a fair trial.
Held: Both proceedings had . .
CitedNorris v Ireland ECHR 26-Oct-1988
A homosexual man complained that the criminalisation of homosexual conduct in Ireland violated his article 8 right to respect for his private life, although he accepted that the risk of being prosecuted was remote.
Held: The court accepted . .
CitedRegina v Home Secretary, Ex parte Tarrant and Others 1985
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The defendant had heard that the sentencing judge would set his sentence tarriff without an oral hearing, and would then give his decision in open court. He sought judicial review.
Held: Review was granted. The availability of a right of . .
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CitedRegina v Carroll and Al-Hasan and Secretary of State for Home Department CA 19-Jul-2001
Two appellants were prisoners at a high security prison. A search involved the prisoner squatting so that items which might be hidden in their genital or anal areas could be seen. The appellants refused to squat. Both were charged with refusing to . .
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Ban on Prisoners talking to Journalists unlawful
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CitedLloyd v McMahon HL 12-Mar-1987
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CitedShreeve, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department Admn 26-Oct-2007
The prisoner as a buddhist was entitled to have in his cell an incense burner. He was accused of having a sharpened object. It was in the shape of a lotus leaf. No evidence was brought that the claimant had sharpened the object.
Held: The . .
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Updated: 17 May 2022; Ref: scu.229211