Black v. Secretary of State for Justice

A prisoner claimed that smoking should be prohibited inside the prison. The court found that the national law prohibiting smoking in workplaces also applied to prisons, including state prisons. The court determined that the purpose of the law would be frustrated if it did not also apply to the government. The court found that it did not violate human rights laws or the prison rules to deny the prisoner access to a confidential complaint line to complain about smoking in the prison. 


Black v. Secretary of State for Justice, EWHC 528 (Admin), Royal Court of Justice (2015).

  • United Kingdom
  • Mar 5, 2015
  • High Court of Justice Queen's Bench Division Administrative Court


Plaintiff The Queen (on the application of Black)

Defendant Secretary of State for Justice

Legislation Cited

Health Act 2006

Human Rghts Act 1998

Prison Rules 1999

International/Regional Instruments Cited

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Type of Litigation

Tobacco Control Topics

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Type of Tobacco Product