Carson McDowell litigates in the Supreme Court

15 October 2019

Carson McDowell was instructed by the Sentence Review Commissioners as a Notice Party to an appeal from the Divisional Court in Northern Ireland in the case of In the matter of an application by Deborah McGuinness for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland).

The question for determination by the Supreme Court was, in circumstances where a life prisoner convicted of terrorist murders secures early release on licence under the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 and such licence is revoked due to fundamental breaches occasioned by further terrorist offending while on release and the prisoner is convicted of such further offences, is the prisoner’s judicially determined "tariff" to include the period of his release on licence?

The case was heard by the Supreme Court on the 15th October 2019, and judgment is awaited.