Judges may con­sider Al­fie again

The Chronicle - - National News -

SUPREME Court jus­tices might be asked to con­sider the case of a 23-month-old boy at the cen­tre of a life-sup­port treat­ment bat­tle for a sec­ond time.

Al­fie Evans’ par­ents, who live in Liver­pool, are us­ing a piece of an­cient English com­mon law dur­ing the lat­est stage of their fight for treat­ment.

Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, want to move their son from Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Liver­pool to a hos­pi­tal in Rome.

The cou­ple say Ital­ian doc­tors are will­ing to treat the lit­tle boy and an air am­bu­lance is avail­able.

They are now ar­gu­ing that Al­fie is be­ing wrongly “de­tained” at Alder Hey and have made a habeas cor­pus ap­pli­ca­tion.

A writ of habeas cor­pus - Latin for “you may have the body” - is a le­gal ma­noeu­vre which re­quires a court to ex­am­ine the le­gal­ity of a de­ten­tion.

It is a piece of com­mon law which prob­a­bly dates back to An­glo-Saxon times.

A High Court judge and three Court of Ap­peal judges have dis­missed their claim.

But the cou­ple might make an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Supreme Court.

Al­fie’s par­ents have al­ready lost fights in the High Court, Court of Ap­peal, Supreme Court and Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights.

Tom Evans, the fa­ther of Al­fie Evans, speaks out­side Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Liver­pool.

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