July 2014

NGOs urge Court of Appeal to preserve access to justice in torture claims

JUSTICE joins together with the International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International and REDRESS (“the Interveners”) to urge the Court of Appeal to reconsider the High Court’s decision to strike-out the case of Belhaj & Anor v Straw & Ors.

JUSTICE briefs MPs and Peers on Residence test

As MPs and Peers prepare to vote to approve the Government's controversial new Residence test for legal aid, JUSTICE expresses concern about its legality.

June 2014

Charities and NGOs call on Peers to stand up for judicial review

Today JUSTICE joins charities and organisations from across the UK to condemn the Government’s proposed changes to judicial review. Organisations working for children, older people and bereaved families, with and for prisoners and accused people; expert in disability, mental health, torture and free speech, come together to highlight the constitutional significance of reforming judicial review.

Supreme Court clarifies the duty of disclosure post-conviction

In a judgment given today the Supreme Court considered whether there was an obligation upon the Police and Crown Prosecution Service to provide evidential material not previously seen to convicted persons seeking to demonstrate innocence on appeal or by way of application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). The High Court previously held when hearing this case in 2012, that there was a very narrow set of circumstances where the obligations would apply. Although the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, it today confirmed that there is a duty. Whilst it is a narrow one in order to preserve the finality of the conviction, it is far clearer, and will be easier to satisfy for those wrongfully convicted.

May 2014

Peers to debate judicial review cuts

On 7 May 2014 - next Wednesday - the House of Lords will debate a Motion to Regret the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (No 3) Regulations 2014 (“the Regulations”), tabled by Lord Pannick QC.

JUSTICE has today written to all Peers urging them to support Lord Pannick’s Motion to Regret.

April 2014

Unjustified judicial review reforms restrict access to justice

JUSTICE welcomes a Report published today, by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (“JCHR”) – an influential cross-party Committee of MPs and Peers – which concludes that the Government’s proposals to reform judicial review and limit legal aid for public law challenges may be incompatible with access to justice and endanger the rule of law.

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”).

March 2014

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.

February 2014

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.

January 2014

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.

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