Victor Nealon and Sam Hallam file application with European Court of Human Rights

On 30 January 2019, the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Hallam and Nealon v Secretary of State for Justice [2019] UKSC 1. It ruled that the statutory provisions governing eligibility for compensation of persons whose conviction for a criminal offence is reversed are compatible with the presumption of innocence guaranteed by Article 6(2) of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). This appears to depart from the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Sam Hallam and Victor Nealon have now filed their applications for the ECtHR to rule on whether the provisions are a violation of Article 6(2) of the ECHR. If the case is accepted, JUSTICE will file an intervention in the public interest.

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