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 by the High Court, Court of Appeal and ultimately, on 25 June 2014, by the Supreme Court. 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.
On 6 January 2017, it was announced that Noel Conway, a 67-year old man with Motor Neurone Disease, would, supported by Dignity in Dying (formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society), challenge the Suicide Act in the courts. Mr Conway's case is similar to that of Tony Nicklinson; the difference, it is argued, is that Mr Conway's conditional is terminal. Three High Court judges heard 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) from 17 - 20 July; they dismissed the application on 5 October 2017, but an appeal was heard at the Court of Appeal 1 - 3 May 2018. CNK again intervened, with counsel for the Secretary of State making extensive reference to our expert evidence; the appeal was dismissed, and the Divisional Court ruling upheld, on 27 June 2018.
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.'