Dolan’s latest lockdown defeat – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The appellants challenged Lockdown regulations made in response to the Covid-19 pandemic on 26 March 2020. Their argument was that the regulations imposed sweeping restrictions on civil liberties which were unprecedented and were unlawful on three grounds. First, the Government had no power under the legislation they used to make the regulations, namely the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (“the 1984 Act”). Secondly, they were unlawful under ordinary public law principles (failing to take account of relevant considerations, fettering of discretion); and thirdly they violated a number of the Convention rights which are guaranteed in domestic law under the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA”). Although the regulations were amended on several occasions and have since been repealed, the appellants contended that it remained important that the legal issues which arose should be authoritatively determined in the public interest.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd December 2020

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Police can resume issuing instant £10,000 Covid fines – The Guardian

‘Police forces can resume handing out £10,000 fines for breaches of coronavirus regulations, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has said following discussions with the government.’

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The Guardian, 17th November 2020

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Covid-19: Assisted dying travel allowed during lockdown, says Hancock – BBC News

‘People travelling abroad for the purpose of assisted dying will not be breaking coronavirus travel rules, the health secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2020

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High court rejects legal challenge over Dominic Cummings breach – The Guardian

‘The high court has rejected a legal bid to challenge a decision not to investigate Dominic Cummings’s journey from London to Durham at the height of the first coronavirus lockdown. Max Hill, the director of public prosecutions, said any decision to investigate Cummings must be made by the police. He did not have the power to interfere.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2020

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Coronavirus: Priti Patel bans demonstrations during England’s lockdown – The Independent

‘Demonstrations of more than two people are to be banned during the month-long lockdown in England, after ministers removed an exemption that has allowed protests to take place in recent months.’

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The Independent,3rd November 2020

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Covid measures will be seen as ‘monument of collective hysteria and folly’ says ex-judge – The Guardian

‘The government has deliberately stoked fear over coronavirus while behaving like an authoritarian regime relying on police state tactics, according to the former supreme court justice Jonathan Sumption.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2020

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Coronavirus: Students fined £200 over party at university halls – The Independent

‘Two students have been fined £200 each following an illegal party in a university’s halls of residence, West Midlands Police has said.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2020

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Ilford takeaway fined for serving burger after curfew – BBC News

Posted October 5th, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, fines, food, news, police by tracey

‘An east London takeaway has been fined £1,000 for serving a burger four minutes after the 10pm curfew.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2020

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Why Coronavirus Curbs On Our Liberty Need Better Scrutiny – Each Other

‘In recent months there have been growing media reports of anti-lockdown protests, supported by conspiracy theorists, in which demonstrators have made bizarre and outlandish claims. The conspiracies – unsupported by scientific evidence – are often couched in terms of “civil liberties” and “freedoms”.’

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Each Other, 25th September 2020

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Were the March 2020 lockdown restrictions lawfully imposed? (Part 1) — Emmet Coldrick – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”) contained the most draconian restrictions on the liberty of the general population ever imposed in England. They purported to create several new criminal offences (see reg. 9), including an offence of contravening a regulation that “… no person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse” (see reg. 6) and an offence of contravening, without reasonable excuse, a regulation that (subject to limited exceptions) “no person may participate in a gathering in a public place of more than two people” (see reg. 7).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th September 2020

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New Covid fines of up to £10,000 come into force in England – The Guardian

‘A new, more robust chapter in English coronavirus regulations begins on Monday, with fines of up to £10,000 for people who refuse to self-isolate when asked, and enforcement including tip-offs from people who believe that others are breaching the rules.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2020

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£10,000 fines warning for failing to self-isolate as England Covid infections soar – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2020 in care homes, children, coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, fines, news, statistics by sally

‘People in England who refuse to self-isolate when required to do so will face fines of up to £10,000 under an emergency “carrot and stick” plan to control the second wave of Covid-19 sweeping the country.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2020

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Parliament surrendered role over Covid emergency laws, says Lady Hale – The Guardian

‘The former president of the supreme court says parliament “surrendered” its role over emergency laws restricting freedoms amid the coronavirus pandemic, in an intervention expected to embolden MPs threatening a Commons revolt.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2020

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Coronavirus: Police issue just one fine for travel quarantine breach, figures show – The Independent

‘Police have fined just one person over breaching quarantine rules for people arriving from foreign countries, new figures for England and Wales show.’

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The Independent, 28th July 2020

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Hanna Wilberg: Lockdowns, the principle of legality, and reasonable limits on liberty – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, governments around the world have imposed unprecedented “lockdowns”. They decided, on the advice of public health officials and experts, that this was necessary in order to at least “flatten the curve” of escalating numbers of infections and thus prevent health systems being overwhelmed. This has left many governments scrambling to find the necessary legal powers.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 23rd July 2020

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Coronavirus: New face covering rules come into force in England – BBC News

‘Face coverings are now compulsory for customers in shops in England, after new coronavirus rules came into force within 12 hours of the government issuing guidance on the change.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2020

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Ronan Cormacain: “Social Distancing” of Emergency Legislation during the Covid-19 Pandemic – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 10th, 2020 in constitutional law, coronavirus, emergency powers, news by sally

‘Ordinary legislation is different in its content and method of enactment from emergency legislation. But the risk is that the longer the Covid-19 pandemic continues, the less distinct these two types of law become, and that emergency legislation becomes the new normal. The structural solution proposed to this problem is “social distancing” of emergency legislation – that emergency laws are kept separate and distinct from ordinary laws. The more we conceive of them as abnormal, the more we maintain a gap between them and our ordinary laws, the easier it will be to dump emergency laws when the pandemic is over, and the less chance they will be used for illegitimate purposes.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 10th July 2020

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Leicester residents could be fined up to £3,200 for breaching new lockdown laws – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, fines, freedom of movement, news by sally

‘The government has published its local lockdown rules for Leicester, which will see most businesses shutting their doors once again.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2020

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High court hears legal challenge to England’s lockdown restrictions – The Guardian

‘The government’s lockdown, which has closed schools, premises and companies while limiting free movement, is the “most sweeping and far-reaching” restriction on fundamental rights since the second world war, the high court has been told.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2020

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5 Things You Should Know About Local Lockdowns – Each Other

‘Who decides whether my area needs to go into local lockdown? How will it be enforced? What is being done to protect the most vulnerable? These are a few of the questions on people’s minds after England’s first local lockdown came into force this week.’

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Each Other, 3rd July 2020

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