Permissions hearing for the Noel Conway v Secretary of State for Justice judicial review on assisted dying

Posted On: 
20th November 2018

An oral hearing is due to be held on Thursday 22nd November 2018 from 9.30 to 10.30am to determine whether Noel Conway is granted permission to have his case heard in full at the Supreme Court.

Mr Conway, 68 from Shropshire, has terminal motor neurone disease and is being supported by Dignity in Dying to bring a judicial review challenging the current law on assisted dying. Mr Conway 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.

Mr Conway instructed his lawyers to submit an application to the Supreme Court to appeal a decision handed down by the Court of Appeal in May 2018 which rejected his case. If permission to appeal is granted, the case will proceed to a full hearing at the Supreme Court.

Interviews will be available with representatives of Dignity in Dying and Irwin Mitchell. Please note that Mr Conway will not be in attendance or available for interviews due to his ill-health, but he will release a written statement following the judgment.