My HRA: Jenny Paton

Of all our Human Rights Act’s fundamental freedoms, none attracts controversy like Article 8 – the right to a private and family life. Barely a day passes without it being demonised. Only a week ago the Home Secretary launched another attack on the judiciary’s handling of Article 8 in immigration cases.

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The Great Bill of Rights Commission Shambles

18 December 2012

Another chapter in Coalition rows over Constitutional reform ended today with the conclusion of its 18-month commission on a British Bill of Rights. The final report exposed deep divisions. Labour Peer and leading civil liberties lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC and Lib Dem International Law Professor Philippe Sands QC produced a minority dissent defending the Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights.

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Article 8: Right to respect for private and family life

Of all the fundamental freedoms protected by the Human Rights Act, none attracts controversy quite like Article 8 – the right to respect for your private and family life. Barely a day passes without it hitting the headlines for apparently all the wrong reasons. Flicking through certain newspapers you would be forgiven for concluding that it exists only to shield foreign murderers and rapists from deportation.

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Victory in school mum snooping case

02 August 2010

Today the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled unlawful Poole Borough Council’s surveillance of mum-of-three Jenny Paton and her family.

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Secretive surveillance powers openly challenged for the first time

05 November 2009

A hearing examining the controversial use of covert surveillance by a local authority begins today. This landmark case is the first time these powers – granted to local authorities under the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) – will be challenged at an open hearing before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

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