Appeal Court Right To Die Case To Begin

The Court of Appeal is due to hear from two severely disabled men who are continuing the challenge launched for a change to laws over the right to die.

58-year-old Paul Lamb, has picked up the challenge begun by the late Tony Nicklinson, and is seeking a ruling to give doctors a defence to a murder charge.

Lamb, from Leeds, is paralysed from the neck down following a car accident. He wants a doctor to help him die.

The second man, a 48-year-old known only as Martin, is seeking a change to the prosecution of assisted suicide.

In August last year, the challenge was rejected by the High Court, who said such decisions were for Parliament.

The Court of Appeal hearing before the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, and two other judges, is expected to last several days.


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