On Wednesday 9th October 2013 the Supreme Court will give its much-anticipated judgment in Osborn and Booth.

These appeals concerned challenges brought by prisoners in relation to the Parole Board’s refusal to grant them an oral hearing. The Court was asked to consider what fairness requires in such circumstances and, in particular, whether the prospects of success of the prisoner’s application for release/transfer was relevant to that question.

The appellants were granted permission to appeal following the Court of Appeal judgment in  Osborn & Booth v The Parole Board [2010] EWCA Civ 1409. The case of Osborn concerns a determinate sentence prisoner recalled to custody following his release on licence. The case of Booth concerns the review of a post-tariff indeterminate sentence prisoner. The cases were linked in the Court of Appeal and then joined with another case ( Reilly ) in the Supreme Court.

Detailed analysis and commentary on the case will be made available here immediately after the judgment has been handed down on Wednesday 9 October at 9.45am. The hand-down will be streamed on Supreme Court Live and will then be made available on the Supreme Court’s YouTube channel

Vijay Jagadesham of GCN has represented the appellants Osborn and Booth from the very beginning of this litigation in 2009. In the Supreme Court he was instructed by Iain Oliver of  Ison Harrison Solicitors  and Jen Regan of  Scott-Moncrief & Associates and led by Hugh Southey QC of Matrix Chambers.


5th January 2012 - Permission to appeal to Supreme Court in Parole Board oral hearing challenge

4th January 2011 - Court of Appeal provides guidance on Parole Board oral hearings