Joint Committee on prisoner voting to take evidence from solicitors and journalists

28 October 2013


The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Prisoner Voting Bill will this week take evidence from solicitors specialising in prisoner rights, including their right to vote, as well as legal commentators

In the first session the Committee will question the witnesses about the motivation of prisoners bringing legal cases to be allowed to vote and also about how such cases are funded.

The second session will focus on the British media’s reporting on the European Court of Human Rights  and the regular conflation in the media of the Court with the separate issue of EU law. The witnesses will be asked what can be done to improve the accuracy of reporting on legal issues.

Giving evidence will be:

 9.30 am

  • Benjamin Burrows and Sean Humber, Leigh Day Solicitors, whose work focuses on prisoner rights.

  • Tony Kelly, Taylor and Kelly Solicitors, who represented George McGeoch in the case he brought against the Secretary of State for Justice to allow prisoners to vote.

10.30 am

  • Adam Wagner, Barrister at 1 Crown Office Row and founder of UK Human Rights Blog.
  • Joshua Rozenberg, journalist specialising in legal issues and presenter of Radio 4’s Law in Action.

The Committee will hold two evidence session on Wednesday 30 October in Committee Room 6 of the House of Lords.  

The session will be webcast at www.parliamentlive.tv and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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