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Essential Cases: Public Law

Essential Cases: Public Law (4th edn)

Thomas E. Webb
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date: 30 September 2022

R (on the application of Chester) v Secretary of State for Justice [2013] UKSC 63, Supreme Courtlocked

R (on the application of Chester) v Secretary of State for Justice [2013] UKSC 63, Supreme Courtlocked

  • Thomas E. WebbThomas E. WebbLecturer in Law, Lancaster University

Abstract

Essential Cases: Public Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R (on the application of Chester) v Secretary of State for Justice [2013] UKSC 63, Supreme Court. This case addressed a further challenge to the rules against prisoner voting (see Hirst), and considered the limits of the courts’ role in relation to legislation deemed incompatible with the Human Rights Act 1998. Here the court was sceptical of the value of making a further declaration of incompatibility in an area where such declarations had already been made. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Thomas Webb.

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