Challenge to prison screen visits rendered moot by subsequent change in prison policy

By: Ciaran Joyce BL

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High Court refuses reliefs sought in judicial review proceedings seeking to challenge the “protected regime” which was in operation for certain classes of vulnerable prisoners in Mountjoy Prison, on the grounds that the proceedings are now moot since the particular practice of screened visits of which the applicant (who has since been released) had complained has now ceased.

Criminal law – judicial review – prison law – challenge to the “protected regime” which is in operation for certain classes of vulnerable prisoners in Mountjoy Prison – preclusion of any physical contact at all between the prisoner and members of his family – whether the prisoner's release has rendered the proceedings moot – present proceedings have been rendered moot by reason especially of the significant changes effected in relation to screened visits – reliefs sought refused.

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