Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Debbie Purdy - RIP

The death of Debbie Purdy (1963-2014) has been anounced. Her wikipedia entry is here.

The very last judgment of the House of Lords was in R (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2009] UKHL 45; [2009] EWCA Civ 92.  In October 2009, The Supreme Court replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords as the highest court in the United Kingdom.

In Mrs Purdy's case,
the House of Lords required the DPP to promulgate an offence-specific policy identifying the facts and circumstances which he will take into account in deciding, in a case such as that which Ms Purdy’s case exemplifies, whether or not to consent to a prosecution under section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961.  For the present guidance see the CPS Website - Assisted Suicide.

Last Judgments of the House of Lords - Artist Sergei Pavlenko

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