Grant v The Ministry of Justice  EWHC 3379 (QB)
Prisons – “slopping out” – human rights – Article 3 – minimum severity – standard of proof – Article 8
The practice of “slopping out” at a prison did not violate prisoners’ rights under Articles 3 and 8 of the ECHR.
19 December 2011
High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)
(i) Two prisoners, Mr Grant and Mr Gleaves (G), sought declarations that the practice of “slopping out” violated their rights under Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). As prisoners, they were contained in their cells for about 13 hours every night. As there were no toilet facilities in the cells, G did not have free access to a toilet during this period. There was an electronic locking system in place that allowed one prisoner at a time to access toilet facilities. If a prisoner was unable to access the toilet facilities, a bucket was provided. The bucket may be emptied or “slopped out” into a sluice. G sought declarations against this process.
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