(671) PRISONERS’ PRIVACY
Lord Glennie’s decision in Potter v Scottish Ministers 2007 SLT 363 that prisoners’ Article 8 ECHR right to respect for the privacy of their correspondence was infringed by prisons placing a recorded message on phone calls made by inmates stating that the call was coming from a prison (see No 641) was over-turned by the First Division of the Court of Session on 21 August 2007 – see  CSIH 67 at http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/2007CSIH67.html. The principal reason for this, to some redtop joy, was his failure to take account of the human rights of the recipients of prisoners’ calls as well as those of the prisoners’ themselves, particularly where the calls were to be recorded (see para 27). Accordingly Lord Glennie’s decision was premature and the case was remitted back to him for further consideration and procedure. The court also noted that it was not in their opinion clear that all aspects of making telephone calls, including the placement of pre-recorded messages, was caught by the concept of correspondence” in Article 8 ECHR (para 31).