R (on the application of Coll) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Justice (Respondent)
Case ID: UKSC 2015/0148
Whether the arrangements for placing prisoners in Approved Premises upon release from custody give rise to unlawful sex discrimination, either direct or indirect.
The appellant was convicted of murder and sentenced to a mandatory life sentence. Her tariff expired on 4 November 2015, and on 10 November 2015 the Parole Board directed her release. The appellant's wish was to be resettled in London upon release, where she has lived most of her adult life, and where her children and grandchildren live. However, the appellant's licence conditions require her to reside at Approved Premises in Bedford, as there are no female Approved Premises in London. Most male prisoners are placed close to home, but this is not the case with female prisoners, because of the limited number of Approved Premises made available to women. The appellant's claim that the arrangement for placing prisoners in Approved Premises gives rise to unlawful sex discrimination was rejected by the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Secretary of State for Justice
The Howard League for Penal Reform
Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge, Lord Toulson
Hearing start date
21 Feb 2017
Hearing finish date
21 Feb 2017
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