JUSTICE urges Peers to reject Government rewrite of the Secret Courts Bill
JUSTICE considers that that the operation of CMP is inherently unfair and that normalising the use of these controversial and previously exceptional hearings will undermine the credibility of our judges and public confidence in the civil justice system. Allowing one party – usually the Government – to present its case to the Court largely unchallenged and without the benefit of public scrutiny is an anathema to our long-standing common law protection of open, equal and adversarial justice.
Justice and Security Bill: JUSTICE urges MPs to act now to stop the expansion of Secret Evidence
Monday afternoon will see the Justice and Security Bill return to the House of Commons for some key votes. The “Secret Courts” Bill would introduce closed material procedures (CMP) – where one party is excluded from a claim, together with his or her legal team, from part or all of a case, their interests represented by a security-vetted Special Advocate, who can’t receive instructions – into ordinary civil claims.
JUSTICE urges Supreme Court to extend human rights protection to UK troops
On Monday morning, the Supreme Court will begin a four day hearing set to determine whether the protection of the European Convention on Human Rights extends to the activities of UK troops overseas.
JUSTICE and others condemn Government’s rewrite of the Secret Courts Bill
Today, JUSTICE joins together with other leading human rights organisations, Amnesty, Liberty and Reprieve, to regret the Government’s decision to reverse cross-party changes to the Justice and Security Bill made in the House of Lords.