Assisted dying case - Judges break to deliberate

Posted On: 
22nd November 2018

A permissions hearing for the Noel Conway judicial review on assisted dying has just concluded at the Supreme Court. Judges have yet to issue a judgment.

A statement from Noel Conway, Dignity in Dying and Irwin Mitchell will be issued when a decision is handed down.

Noel Conway, 68, from Shropshire, has terminal motor neurone disease and is bringing a judicial review challenging the current law on assisted dying. Noel feels that he is prevented from exercising his right to choice and control over his death under the current law and he fears that without a change in the law he may be forced to suffer against his wishes. Noel, supported by Dignity in Dying, has instructed law firm Irwin Mitchell to bring this case to fight for his right to have the option of an assisted death when he is in his final six months of life.

Noel instructed his lawyers to submit an application to the Supreme Court to appeal a decision handed down by the Court of Appeal in June 2018 which rejected his case. A permissions hearing took place this morning (Thursday 22 November 2018) but a judgment is yet to be issued. If permission is granted, the case will proceed to a full hearing at the Supreme Court.