CNK opposed the late Tony Nicklinson's application for any doctor ending his life not to face prosecution, and had intervener status in his case, later taken up by Paul Lamb. These applications were turned down, first by the High Court and later by the Court of Appeal. We also intervened in the case of 'Martin', who seeks to challenge the law on suicide, and we oppose any further guidance being given by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). We intervened when the cases went before the Supreme Court on 16-19 December 2013; on 25 June 2014, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeals of Nicklinson/Lamb and of 'Martin' and allowed that of the DPP.
On 6 January 2017, the intention of a 67-year old man with Motor Neurone Disease to challenge the Suicide Act in the courts was announced. Noel Conway is supported by Dignity in Dying (formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society) and his case is similar to that of Tony Nicklinson; the difference, it is argued, is that Mr Conway's conditional is terminal. The four day hearing in the High Court began on Monday 17 July and featured contributions on behalf of the claimant (Mr Conway), the defendant (the Secretary of State for Justice) and three interveners (CNK, Not Dead Yet UK and Humanists UK). On 5 October 2017, the court dismissed the application.
High Court (Queen's Bench Division) 2017: Ruling
A second, separate case, that of 54 year old Omid, who was diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) in 2014, 'seeks a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961 and the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 are incompatible with the Human Rights Act.'
Posts concerning a succession of court cases concerning euthanasia, assisted suicide and end of life care, primarily in the UK but also key foreign rulings