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Prison Law

Our commitment to our clients does not end at the conclusion of criminal proceedings. We have a well established department dedicated to prison law issues.


General Prison Law Matters

•Security Categorisation • Sentence Planning • Prison Allocation & Transfers
• Access to Information • Prison Visits • Sentence Calculation


We can advise you how to raise these concerns with the Governor, the Board of Visitors, the Prison Service, and if necessary the Prison Ombudsman. Should your concerns not be resolved to your satisfaction we can provide advice and assistance in Judicial Review proceedings at the High Court.


Prison Discipline

If you are facing disciplinary proceedings because of alleged misconduct during your sentence, we are able to provide advice and assistance as far as the following matters are concerned:

• Nature of Charge • Adjudication procedure and conduct • Time restrictions • Evidential matters & standard of proof • Disclosure of Evidence Punishments

Where appropriate, we will be able to provide representation at the adjudication hearing before an independent adjudicator.


Life Sentenced Prisoners

We fully appreciate that life sentenced prisoners may require specialist legal advice in regard to their sentence and release. Where appropriate, we can provide assistance in the following areas.

• Challenging Tariffs • Transfer and allocation of Lifers • Mandatory Lifer Panels
• Discretionary Lifer Panels • Automatic Lifer Panels • Pre-tariff expiry parole reviews • Lifer sentence planning


Where appropriate, we will be able to provide representation at the hearing before the Parole Board.


Release from Custody

During your sentence your eligibility for release will be reviewed. Having been released from custody, you may be subject to licence conditions and be subject to recall to custody, should there be any breach of your licence agreement. Where appropriate we can provide assistance and advice in the following areas:

• Parole Board Reviews • Release on temporary licence • Home Detention Curfew
• Compassionate Release • Recall to Custody


We will be able to provide representation at a recall hearing before the Parole Board.

At Cunninghams the service to our criminal clients starts as soon as they are arrested and it does not finish until the end of their sentence.

If you require any further information about Prison Law, then please contact:
Prison Law Department on 0161 833 1600


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