Inspiring article of a mother who remained tenacious in her application following the desth of her son. After her submission being thrown out by the County Court, she set a precedent by “jumping” to a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights (Strassburg), where justice prevailed and her application for breach of Article 2 and Article 13
Reynolds v United Kingdom  ECHR 437 – read judgment
What – if anything – can a claimant do when she suspects that the domestic law is not only out of kilter with Strasbourg jurisprudence but is also denying her even an opportunity to bring a claim? Taking arms against a whole legal system may be an heroic ideal, but the mundane reality is a strike out under CPR rule 3.4 by a district judge in the County Court. It is a long way from there to the European Court of Human Rights.
This was the position in which Patricia Reynolds and her daughter Catherine King found themselves following the sad death of (respectively) their son and brother. David Reynolds suffered from schizophrenia. On 16 March 2005 he contacted his NHS Care Co-ordinator and told him that he was hearing voices telling him to kill himself. There were no beds…
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