Shahid v Scottish Ministers (Scotland), heard 18 February 2015.

The appellant, a prisoner serving a life sentence of 25 years, was removed from general association with other prisoners for a continuous period of four years and eight months from his remand before trial until 13 August 2010. The decision to segregate him was made under the relevant prison rules on the ground that it was necessary in order to maintain good order or discipline in the prison, and to protect him and other prisoners, and the rules required renewals of authorisation by the Prison Governor within time limits which were not always adhered to in the appellant’s case. The appellant challenged the lawfulness of his segregation in proceedings for judicial review issued on 20 October 2009. Continue reading »