Friday, 20 February 2009
Debbie Purdy loses euthanasia appeal
Although Debbie Purdy lost her appeal to try to force the Director of Public Prosecutions to issue clear guidelines on when someone assisting another to commit suicide will be prosecuted, the Lord Chief Justice did indicate that the courts are likely to throw any such prosecution out.
He also stated that it was not for judges to issue guidance on this, but up to parliament. AS students - this is an example of judges being wary of setting precedents on important issues that they consider best left to our elected representatives.
Gordon Brown has said that he will not change the law - so at present, any person in such an incredibly difficult situation will have to rely on hints made by a judge rather than clear guidance from the DPP or a change in the law.