On 16 April, David Manknell is appearing in the Supreme Court in the cases of Osborn, Booth and Reilly, who each seek to overturn decisions of the Court of Appeal that they are not entitled to an oral hearing before the Parole Board when the Board consider’s their cases. The main issue in the appeals is the extent to which Article 5 of the ECHR requires an oral hearing, regardless of whether there is any prospect of it affecting the outcome of the Board’s determination.

These cases could potentially result in a dramatic increase in the number of hearings that the Parole Board is required to hold.