R. v. Home Secretary, ex p. Doody [1994]

Doody sentenced to mandatory
life imprisonment.
Home Secretary made
determination of period of imprisonment before parole.
Doody challenged on basis no
reasons given.
House of Lords upheld
challenge.
Lord Mustill accepted that
law recognised no general duty to give reasons for an administrative decision.
However could be implied in
certain circumstances.
Secretary of State ought to
implement statutory scheme as fairly as possible in the circumstances.
One should ask whether
refusal to give reasons was fair.
On facts he thought not.
Length of sentence v
important to prisoner.
Also should be effective
means of detecting any error – this requires reasons to be given.