The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously decided to follow the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights that the blanket ban on convicted prisoners voting is incompatible with their rights under Article 3 of Protocol No 1 to the ECHR.
R (Chester) v Secretary of State for Justice  UKSC 63
Mr Chester, who is serving a life sentence, brought the appeal together with another prisoner. Under section 3 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, and section 8 of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002, convicted prisoners are prohibited from voting in elections for the UK and European Parliaments.
The Supreme Court however dismissed the appeals, deciding not to make a further declaration of incompatibility. Furthermore the Court decided that the Appellants were not entitled to invoke EU law.
Richard Reynolds acted for Mr Chester. He was led by Hugh Southey QC, and instructed by Chivers Solicitors.