APL & Howard League: Segregation Roundtable – Developments Following Bourgass

Location: Matrix Chambers, Griffin Building, London WC1R 5LN.HL

Date: Tuesday 13th October 2015

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

Please RSVP to administrator@associationofprisonlawyers.co.uk ‎if you wish to attend.

Cost: Free‎ – but places are limited. If you have reserved attendance and are no longer able to attend please email‎ administrator@associationofprisonlawyers.co.uk and advise us as soon as possible.

Over the last few months there have been significant developments in the law relating to the segregation, or solitary confinement, of prisoners in the UK.

The Association of Prison Lawyers, in conjunction with the Howard League for Penal Reform, invite you to an informal roundtable at Matrix on 13th October 2015 at 6.30pm to discuss the implications for prisoners with practitioners in the field.

The focus of the discussions is expected to be broad, based on the experiences of those present, but will include:

  • The Supreme Court judgment in Bourgass and Hussain v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] UKSC 54, handed down on 29th July 2015;
  • The Secretary of State’s responses to theBourgass judgment: Statutory Instrument No. 1638 / 2015, laid before Parliament on 3rdSeptember 2015, which amended Prison Rule 45 to give governors the power to segregate prisoners beyond 72 hours and upto 42 days before requiring approval from the Secretary of State⍊ and a revised segregation policy (out for consultation until end October 2015).
  • Remedies for prisoners unlawfully segregated including HRA Article 8 claims for damages.

Participants to include Dan Squires and Daniel Guedalla, who acted for the Appellants in Bourgass and Hussain, and Laura Janes of the Howard League for Penal Reform which intervened with written and oral evidence and submissions.