Swift v Secretary of State for Justice – part A 2019


This lecture presentation explains and analyses the decision in Swift v Secretary of State for Justice [2013] EWCA Div 193 and is designed to help candidates prepare for the case note and for the compulsory questions in part A of the 2019 examination.


Case note: Students registered for the University of London International Programmes LLB Legal System & Method (LSM) examination in 2019 are required to write a case note based on the report of Swift v Secretary of State for Justice [2013] EWCA Div 193 and to submit it via the VLE by 13 March 2019 (if sitting the LSM exam in May 2019) or 5 September 2019 (if sitting the LSM exam in October 2019).


Compulsory exam questions on Smith v Secretary of State for Justice [2013].

Part A of the LSM examination will consist of a number of compulsory questions about the decision and will carry 25% of the overall marks for the LSM examination.

Thus, how well you understand and can explain Swift v Secretary of State [2013] will have a significant bearing on how well you do in the exam.

Please note: you will not be permitted to take your case note into the examination.


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Duration: 52 minutes (approximately)

Lecturer – Norman Baird