The case of Vinter and Others v UK was referred to the ECHR Grand Chamber and the hearing took place on 28th November 2012. The cases concern the applicant's complaint that their imprisonment for life amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment as they had no hope of release.
The case will determine whether or not all 47 Member States can lock up serious offenders for life without any prospect of review or release thus having far reaching implications.
28th November 2012 - Vinter and Others v UK in ECHR Grand Chamber
28th November 2012 - Britain's policy of locking up violent criminals indefinitely 'crushes human dignity', say lawyers for Jeremy Bamber - The Independent
28th November 2012 - ECHR press release on Vinter and Others v UK
17th January 2012 - ECHR whole-life tariffs judgment (Vinter and Others v UK)