Last week the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in R (Maguire) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde and another  UKSC 20 concerning the engagement of Article 2 ECHR in inquests. The Court unanimously dismissed the appeal, holding that Article 2 was not engaged. Lord Sales gave the leading Judgment and Lord Stephens gave a short concurring Judgment.
Whilst the Court’s lengthy decision (77 pages) does not significantly alter the current landscape on Article 2, it does provide a comprehensive overview of both the Strasbourg and domestic authorities and provides much-needed clarity on the scope and extent of the positive obligations imposed on states by Article 2.
William Meade (Senior Clerk)