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.
The Immigration Bill has its Second Reading debate in the House of Commons this morning.
Legal aid: JUSTICE evidence to JCHR
JUSTICE considers that the proposals for reform in Transforming legal aid are ill-considered, rushed and unsupported by evidence.
JUSTICE regrets rush-job done on Secret Court Rules
JUSTICE considers that the operation of closed material procedures (CMP) is inherently damaging to our system of justice. Their introduction by Part 2 of the Justice and Security Act 2013 (“the JSA”) into civil proceedings is unfair, unnecessary and unjustified. That one party will present his case unchallenged to the judge in the absence of the other party and his lawyers is inconsistent with the common law tradition of civil justice where proceedings are open, adversarial and equal.
Government basis for legal aid reform ideological: Lord Chancellor tells MPs
Reviewing the Lord Chancellor's evidence in today's UK Human Rights Blog, our Director of Human Rights Policy, Angela Patrick considers the implications of Mr Grayling's multiple references to ideology and belief as the basis for the Government's proposed reforms to legal aid.
Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill: JUSTICE submits briefing to the Public Bill Committee.
JUSTICE has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee. Our briefing highlights the deficiencies of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill and provides essential modifications to the Bill’s provisions on anti-social behaviour, extradition and criminal compensation.
Closed Material Procedures: JUSTICE regrets the arrival of secret courts wholesale
JUSTICE and others have today written to the press in an open letter, regretting the coming into force of the Justice and Security Act 2013.
JUSTICE: Parliamentarians must hold the Lord Chancellor to account on Legal Aid
JUSTICE has today welcomed the wide-ranging House of Commons backbench debate on the Government’s latest proposals to restrict access to legal aid in Transforming Legal Aid. However, today we publish our correspondence with the House of Commons Justice Select Committee. We welcome the decision of the cross-party Committee to question the Lord Chancellor about restrictions to both civil and criminal legal aid.
Supreme Court unanimously affirms human rights protection for troops overseas
Today, seven justices of the Supreme Court unanimously reject an attempt by the Ministry of Defence to legally exclude armed forces personnel operating overseas from the protection of the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA 1998”).
JUSTICE calls for Government to publish torture inquiry findings
JUSTICE, together with other NGOs, wrote to the national press to highlight the critical recommendations of the UN Committee against Torture on the UK’s recent record.
Legal aid: Vulnerable will suffer most if access to justice and a fair defence for all withdrawn says JUSTICE
JUSTICE considers that the proposals in Transforming Legal Aid are rushed, ill-considered and unsupported by evidence.