Coll v Secretary of State for Justice

Prison – Release on licence. The claimant brought proceedings against the defendant Secretary of State, complaining that women had been the subject of unlawful sex discrimination as a result of the arrangements for placing prisoners in approved premises (APs). The basis of the claim was that the configuration of APs meant that it was necessarily and inevitably harder to place women close to their home than men. The judge held, inter alia, that there had been no discrimination, either direct or indirect. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in dismissing the claimant's appeal, held that direct discrimination had not been established and there had been no indirect discrimination.

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