Practice and Procedure

R (on the application of DEBBIE PURDY) (Appellant) v DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS (Respondent) & OMAR PUENTE (Interested Party) & SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN (Intervener) (2009)

PUBLISHED February 19, 2009

[2009] EWCA Civ 92

The absence of a crime-specific policy relating to assisted suicide, identifying the facts and circumstances that the Director of Public Prosecutions would take into account when deciding whether to prosecute an individual for assisting another person to commit suicide, did not make the operation and effect of the Suicide Act 1961 s.2(1) unlawful and did not mean that it was not in accordance with law for the purposes of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 art.8(2).

CA (Civ Div) (Lord Judge LCJ, Ward LJ, Lloyd LJ)