O'Neill and Lauchlan, petitioners

Prisoners – Inter-prison visits – Right to family life – Discrimination. Court of Session: In judicial review proceedings in which the petitioners, two life prisoners, averred to be a gay couple, imprisoned in different prisons, complained that their Convention rights were violated because the Scottish Prison Service refused to arrange inter-prison visits for them, the court held that the petition was not time-barred; that on the information available the prison service had not failed to respect the petitioners' family life in terms of art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and had not discriminated against them in terms of art 14; and accordingly they were not entitled to damages or human rights 'just satisfaction'.

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