Landmark prison law victory in Gibraltar

The Supreme Court of Gibraltar has held that the Parole Board of Gibraltar's decision to refuse the early release of a 'model prisoner' was unfair and unlawful. Mark Livingstone's judicial review proceedings are the first challenge there has ever been to the Parole Board in the courts of Gibraltar. He was represented by Gillian Guzman QC and Claire Pizzarello of Hassans, Gibraltar. Doughty Street's Caoilfhionn Gallagher provided expert assistance to his legal team on prison law and the ECHR.

 

The Supreme Court of Gibraltar's judgment was handed down on Friday 15 March 2013. Puisne Judge Christopher Butler said the Board's handling of the case was riddled with procedural unfairness, lacked transparency and was open to the perception of bias. He made a number of recommendations as to how the Board might avoid similar problems in future, and said he hoped "lessons may be learned" from Mr. Livingstone's case.

 

Read about the case in the Gibraltar Chronicle here.

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