NGOs question scope of new torture inquiry
JUSTICE – together with a number of other NGOs – has written to the Foreign Secretary to ask how the Government can justify passing the responsibility for the inquiry into the treatment of detainees – formerly under the supervision of Sir Peter Gibson – to the Intelligence and Security Committee (“ISC”).
New cuts to legal aid for judicial review
Proposed restrictions to legal aid for judicial review claims are unnecessary and ill-considered. Because of the way in which the Regulations have been put forward, they may not even be debated in Parliament. JUSTICE is calling on individual MPs and Peers to table motions against the reform.
Lord Chief Justice launches JUSTICE Strategy
We were delighted that Lord Chief Justice has launched our strategy for 2014-16. His speech – Reshaping Justice – was apt. The new strategy reflects a reinvigoration of our organisation, one which sees us return our focus to the proper working of our justice system. We launch our new vision at a time when that system faces unprecedented challenges, principally but not solely, driven by austerity.
MPs debate latest criminal justice proposals and judicial review cuts
MPs will return from their week long February recess on Monday to the Second Reading debate on the new Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.
Immigration Bill - House of Commons Report Stage
JUSTICE is concerned that the Immigration Bill would create a more legally obscure system of immigration control, which places greater power in the hands of administrative authorities without effective means of independent oversight.
Read our briefing for the Report Stage of the bill in the House of Commons
Future of the ECHR - JUSTICE consultation response
The Council of Europe is currently conducting a consultation on the longer term future of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The consultation closed on 27 January 2014 and is this exercise will continue until Spring 2015.
Saudi torture judgment must not undermine international torture ban
JUSTICE, Amnesty International, REDRESS & INTERIGHTS respond to the European Court of Human Rights' judgment in Jones v UK
JUSTICE says JR plans 'ill-considered, poorly evidenced and ill-advised'
JUSTICE response to Lord Chancellor's consultation 'Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform' (CM 8703)
Lords debate Anti-Social Behaviour Bill
JUSTICE is concerned about the range of the measures in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill. The Bill is lengthy and broad in its scope, covering such diverse issues as compensation for miscarriages of justice, extradition and counter-terrorism powers exercised at ports and other points of entry to the UK. As the House of Lords prepares to debate the Bill for the first time, tomorrow, JUSTICE raises a number of significant concerns.