Nicola Laver

Editor, Solicitors Journal




In November the High Court rejected a judicial review of assisted dying policy, stating that 'courts are not the venue for arguments which have failed to convince parliament'. The case was brought by 49-year-old Phil Newby, who has motor neurone disease and wished to establish whether the ban on assisted dying contravened his human rights. However, divisional court justices Irwin and May agreed: 'We struggle to see why any public conclusion judges might reach on matters beyond the resolution of evidence should carry more weight than those of any other adult citizen.' 19 November 2019