Crimeline Extradition Hub - Prison Conditions Update – July 2020

31 July 2020

Over the last month, the High Court (sitting as a Divisional Court) has promulgated three judgments relating to conditions of imprisonment in France, Latvia and Lithuania. This article will consider each in turn. However, in broad terms, the effect seems to be a (temporary) victory to Lithuanian judicial authorities in the two-year war of attrition. This may be short-lived, however. There are already a series of new challenges being brought at first instance. In respect of France and Latvia, the Divisional Court was sufficiently concerned to seek supplementary information.

First, in relation to Fresnes Prison on the outskirts of Paris and, second, the Latvian prison estate in general.

It is also worth noting that litigation continues a pace in respect of Hungary and Romania. The Supreme Court has listed the appeal against Divisional Court’s judgment in Szalai v. Hungary [2019] EWHC 3840 (Admin) at the end of February 2021.

Meanwhile, the Divisional Court heard the appeal in Adamescu v. Romania [2019] EWHC 2898 (Admin) over four consecutive days in mid-July and a judgment is expected in the new judicial term.

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