The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has found the latest Nicklinson/Lamb legal challenge to be 'manifestly ill-founded and declared it inadmissible'
Jane Nicklinson, widow of the late Tony, and Paul Lamb have been told that their appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) are inadmissible:
'Mrs Nicklinson, the wife of Tony Nicklinson (now deceased) who was suffering from locked-in syndrome and wished to end his life, complained that the domestic courts had failed to determine the compatibility of the law in the UK on assisted suicide with her and her husband's right to respect for private and family life. The ECtHR declared this application inadmissible as manifestly ill-founded, finding that Article 8 did not impose procedural obligations which required the domestic courts to examine the merits of a challenge brought in respect of primary legislation as in the present case. In any event, it was of the view that the majority of the Supreme Court had examined the substance of Mrs Nicklinson's complaint.
'Mr Lamb, who is paralysed and also wishes to end his life, [having joined Jane following the death of her husband Tony] brought a complaint about the failure to provide him with the opportunity to obtain court permission to allow a volunteer to administer lethal drugs to him with his consent. The ECtHR declared his application inadmissible for nonexhaustion of domestic remedies.'