The conflict between the UK Government and the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) on prisoner votes rumbles on. At the start of 2014 official figures indicate that cases concerning the right of prisoners to vote make up 80% (just over 2,000) of the 2,500 cases currently pending before the UK in Strasbourg. After the UK Supreme Court’s decision in R (Chester) v Secretary of State for Justice and McGeoch v The Lord President of the Council and Another (Scotland) in autumn 2013, the fate of these cases is no clearer.
- prisoner votes
- UK government
- European Court of Human Rights