Aqeel Noorali in judicial review success

18 Oct, 2019

In The Queen (on the application of AR) v The Parole Board of England & Wales, Aqeel represented AR in his judicial review challenge of the Parole Board’s decision not to grant an oral hearing. AR was convicted in 2006 of a number of child sex offences and is currently serving life imprisonment. AR has made significant progress during his time in custody and is now some seven years over his minimum term. In a decision letter, the Parole Board refused to direct AR’s release and decided not grant him an oral hearing. The decision not to grant an oral hearing was challenged before Mr Justice Swift, sitting in the High Court at Cardiff.

Aqeel argued that the refusal to grant an oral hearing breached AR’s common law right to procedural fairness. Mr Justice Swift agreed with what he called Aqeel’s “able and succinct” submissions. The decision refusing an oral hearing was quashed and the High Court directed the Parole Board to grant AR an oral hearing to consider his release.

The Claimant was represented by Aqeel Noorali. He was instructed by Shenola Smith of Reece Thomas Watson’s leading Prison Law team.


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