Noel Conway wins right to challenge law on assisted dying

Noel Conway wins right to challenge law on assisted dying

Noel Conway has won the right to a judicial review (Credit: Twitter: @DailySHROPSHIRE)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A terminally ill man has won the right to bring a legal challenge against the laws on assisted dying.

Noel Conway, 67, has a terminal diagnosis for motor neurone disease, and is not expected to live beyond a year.

He brought the case to the High Court while he still retains his mental capacity in the hope of securing a judicial review on the laws which make it illegal to help an individual die on UK soil. 

After the initial ruling against him, he brought his case to the Court of Appeal, contending his choices under criminal law violated his human rights.

Today, Lord Justice McFarlane and Lord Justice Beatson granted permission for the case to proceed to a review in the High Court. 

Mr Conway said: "I'm delighted my case will proceed to the next stage.

"Having overcome this initial setback, I'm more determined than ever to continue.

"The Court of Appeal agrees this deserves full and proper consideration. I look forward to a full High Court hearing."

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