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September 2013

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.

July 2013

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.

June 2013

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.

March 2013

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.

February 2013

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.

October 2012

Supreme Court reaffirms ancient right to liberty
Today, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court reaffirms the importance of the ancient common law writ of habeas corpus.

Prisoners' votes: Lord Chancellor must support legislation
JUSTICE today wrote to the Lord Chancellor pointing out that his oath of office under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 requires him to ‘respect the rule of law’.

Carloway Consultation on Criminal Justice - too much, too soon
JUSTICE Scotland has submitted a response to the Scottish Government on its review of criminal justice following the Cadder case and Lord Carloway’s inquiry into the way the system functions.

JUSTICE announces appointment of new director
Andrea Coomber has been appointed the new director of JUSTICE. Andrea is currently legal director of the international human rights organisation, INTERIGHTS.

September 2012

Secret courts, open justice and liberal principles: Liberal Democrats debate the Justice and Security Bill
JUSTICE Human Rights Director guests on the UK Human Rights Blog.

Draft Communications Data Bill: JUSTICE says “no more snooping”
JUSTICE has published its written evidence to the parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill.

July 2012

Justice and Security Bill: JUSTICE Director of Human Rights highlights cross-party Lords challenge
As the Justice and Security Bill progresses through the House of Lords stages, our Human Rights Director highlights significant challenge from Peers from all three main political parties in the UK Human Rights Blog.

June 2012

Justice and Security Bill: JUSTICE calls on Lords to speak up for open adversarial justice.
As the House of Lords meets to debate the Justice and Security Bill Second Reading, JUSTICE highlights its serious concerns about the impact of the Bill’s proposals on open, adversarial and equal justice.

May 2012

The Government is not for turning: Justice and Security Bill still unfair, unnecessary and unjustified
JUSTICE’s Human Rights Director reacts to the publication of the Justice and Security Bill in a guest piece for the UK Human Rights Blog.

The right to vote is not a privilege: Time for Parliament to act says JUSTICE
JUSTICE reacts to the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights confirming the need for reform of the UK bar on prisoners’ voting.

April 2012

Building on Brighton: JUSTICE’s Director of Human Rights Policy reflects on the Brighton Declaration
In an article published today by Public Service Europe, JUSTICE’s Director of Human Rights Policy welcomes the focus on national implementation in the Brighton Declaration.

JUSTICE initial response to Brighton negotiations
As States prepare to finalise the Brighton Declaration, tomorrow, the UK makes an important commitment to the future of the Court and the Convention.

States doing better on rights at home must be the goal at Brighton: JUSTICE Human Rights Director
Today, JUSTICE tells Times readers that the Brighton conference on the Strasbourg Court must be about national implementation, not beating up a system that has been key to raising standards across Europe.

JUSTICE Director of Human Rights Policy on reform of the Strasbourg Court
In advance of the Brighton Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights, JUSTICE’s Human Rights Director suggests Guardian readers not believe everything they read about the Court and human rights. Will the conference be a missed opportunity to improve States’ records on human rights standards at home?

JUSTICE urges states to treat UK European Court proposals with caution
Marking the publication of the latest joint NGO statement as proposals on the draft Brighton declaration on the future of the European Court of Human Rights come to a close, JUSTICE calls on States to focus on better national implementation of human rights standards over measures likely to undermine the long-term future of the European Court of Human Rights.

'No case for secret courts': JUSTICE welcomes highly critical conclusions of parliament's human rights committee.
Today Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes a damning report critical of the Government's Justice and Security Green Paper.

March 2012

JUSTICE and other leading NGOs criticise UK proposals for Strasbourg reform
This week, as diplomats gather in Strasbourg to begin negotiations on the future of the European Convention on Human Rights, JUSTICE – together with other leading international NGOs – publishes its critical response to the Draft Brighton Declaration.

JUSTICE calls for caution on the UK proposals for Strasbourg reform: Letter to The Times
Roger Smith, Director of Justice, wrote to The Times, on Monday 5 March 2012, urging diplomatic leaders to exercise caution over the proposed reforms, in light of the possible long-term impact of the proposed changes on the rule of law and the commitment to the protection of universal human rights standards in Europe and beyond.

February 2012

Ministers should decide on recommendations not participate in process
The Lord Chancellor should keep out of the process of judicial appointment until names are advanced by the Judicial Appointments Commission, JUSTICE said today in its response to a Ministry of Justice consultation.

Supreme Court ruling welcomed by leading Mental Health and Human Rights Organisations
Hospitals must ensure that they take appropriate steps to prevent voluntary psychiatric patients from taking their own lives, according to a landmark judgment handed down today by the Supreme Court.

JUSTICE welcomes inspector's call for reform of undercover policing
JUSTICE welcomes the recommendation of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, Sir Denis O'Connor, that the use of undercover surveillance must be subject to prior oversight.

January 2012

Torture is no small claim: JUSTICE responds to wide publicity for PM’s Strasbourg speech
A strong European Court of Human Rights is essential and the Strasbourg Court has played a major role in advancing civil liberties and human rights at home and in Europe.

JUSTICE reacts to Othman v UK (Abu Qatada)
JUSTICE welcomes judgment of the European Court of Human Rights that return to face trial on the basis of torture evidence would be unlawful and expresses regret on the conflicting judgment of the Court on the Memorandum of Understanding between Jordan and the UK.

Secret evidence in civil proceedings unnecessary, unfair and unjustified: JUSTICE responds to Government consultation on Justice and Security Green Paper
JUSTICE has published its response to the Government’s Green Paper on Justice and Security.

UK proposals for reform of the European Court of Human Rights would fundamentally undermine the protection of human rights in Europe
JUSTICE – as part of a coalition of major UK and international civil society organisations – today publishes its detailed analysis of current proposals for the reform of the European Court of Human Rights.

JUSTICE calls on the Prime Minister to show "moral leadership" on torture inquiry
Abdel Hakim Belhaj, now head of the Tripoli Military Council, today announced his decision not to appear before the Government’s Detainee Inquiry, led by Sir Peter Gibson.

December 2011

JUSTICE responds to Strasbourg judgement on hearsay evidence
Al-Khawaja and Tahery v UK was heard on appeal from the Fourth Section of the Strasbourg court to the Grand Chamber.

JUSTICE responds to Bill of Rights Commission consultation
JUSTICE has published its response to the Commission on a Bill of Rights Discussion Paper: Do we need a UK Bill of Rights?

JUSTICE responds to Application of EU Criminal Justice Legislation in the field of Detention Green Paper
The EU Commission has been consulting on length and conditions of detention in the EU and whether there is need for the EU to legislate in this area.

November 2011

JUSTICE briefing on Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill
JUSTICE has published a briefing on the Terrorism Prevention and Investigative Measures Bill for House of Lords Report Stage.

Carloway Review recommends enhanced safeguards in Scottish police stations
JUSTICE responds to the Carloway Review: Report and Recommendations

JUSTICE welcomes the assumption by the UK of Chairmanship of the Council of Europe
JUSTICE issues a joint statement with a consortium of human rights organisations as the UK assumes Council of Europe Chairmanship today.

JUSTICE publishes Freedom from Suspicion: Surveillance Reform for a Digital Age
In this new major report, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, JUSTICE calls for a fundamental overhaul of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act in order to protect the right of individual privacy from unnecessary, unwarranted and unchecked state intrusion.

JUSTICE briefing on Protection of Freedoms Bill
JUSTICE briefing for House of Lords, 2nd Reading

October 2011

JUSTICE briefing on Terrorism Prevention and Investigative Measures Bill
JUSTICE briefing for House of Lords Committee Stage

JUSTICE briefing on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill
JUSTICE briefing for House of Commons Report Stage

JUSTICE responds to UK Border Agency consultation on family migration
JUSTICE had submitted a response to the UKBA consultation on family migration

September 2011

JUSTICE responds to MoJ consultation on Public Bodies Bill
JUSTICE has submitted evidence to the Ministry of Justice on the Public Bodies Bill.

JUSTICE gives written evidence to Scotland Bill Committee
Evidence in relation to the amendments to the Scotland Bill, now at Committee Stage in the House of Lords

Baha Mousa's death 'a stain on our values'
JUSTICE has responded to the findings of the Baha Mousa Inquiry

Doubt over UK support for right of access to a lawyer EU directive
JUSTICE responds to a government recommendation not to opt in to an EU directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings.

August 2011

JUSTICE briefing on Public Bodies Bill
JUSTICE has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Public Bodies Bill.

JUSTICE responds to review of UK Supreme Court
JUSTICE has responded to the review of the role of the Supreme Court set up by the Scottish government.

Torture inquiry 'does not have credibility or transparency'
JUSTICE and nine other NGOs have written to the Detainee Inquiry criticising its protocol and terms of reference

JUSTICE argues for easier access to Parliamentary Ombudsman
JUSTICE has responded to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's consultation, arguing that complaints should be easier to make.

July 2011

Jobs at JUSTICE
JUSTICE is currently recruiting 2 new posts

JUSTICE is recruiting an Administrator
Deadline: 14 September 2011. More information about how to apply.

JUSTICE is recruiting a Director of Human Rights Policy
Deadline: 7 September 2011. More information about how to apply.

UK Supreme Court rules against secret evidence in civil claims
JUSTICE responds to the Supreme Court judgment

JUSTICE briefing on Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill
JUSTICE has submitted evidence to the Public Bill Committee on Part 3 (sentencing)

Landmark human rights rulings extend scope of the Human Rights Act outside the UK
JUSTICE responds to the judgment

Government rules muzzle Torture Inquiry
JUSTICE responds to procedure rules announced today by the Justice Secretary Ken Clarke concerning the forthcoming Detainee Inquiry.

JUSTICE briefing on emergency Police (Detention and Bail) Bill
JUSTICE briefing for all stages in the House of Commons

June 2011

JUSTICE briefing on Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill
JUSTICE briefing for House of Lords Report Stage

JUSTICE briefing on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill
JUSTICE briefing for House of Commons Second Reading

UK Supreme Court rebuffs government over restrictions to judicial review
JUSTICE response to UK Supreme Court judgment in Cart v Upper Tribunal and Eba v Advocate General

Legal aid reform: danger of 'economic cleansing of the civil courts'
JUSTICE responds to the legal aid reforms announced by the government

JUSTICE briefing on the Scotland Bill
JUSTICE briefing for House of Commons Report Stage

JUSTICE response to consultation on reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
JUSTICE has responded to the Government Equalities Office consultation on the reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

JUSTICE response to Carloway Review on Scottish criminal procedure
JUSTICE has responded to the review set up by the Scottish government on criminal justice procedure.

JUSTICE response to Draft Defamation Bill consultation
JUSTICE has responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on the Draft Defamation Bill and submitted written evidence to the Joint Committee on the Bill.

JUSTICE briefing on Terrorism Prevention and Investigative Measures Bill
JUSTICE briefing for House of Commons Second Reading

May 2011

'The UK Supreme Court has a proper role in Scottish appeals'
JUSTICE responds to criticisms of the Supreme Court

JUSTICE response to Home Office CCTV Consultation
JUSTICE has responded to the Home Office consultation on a code of practice relating to surveillance cameras.

JUSTICE response to Home Office anti-social behaviour consultation
JUSTICE has responded to the Home Office consultation: More Effective Responses to Anti-Social Behaviour

Supreme Court rules against government on compensation for miscarriages of justice
JUSTICE response to UK Supreme Court judgment in Adams v Secretary of State for Justice

JUSTICE briefing on Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill
JUSTICE briefing for House of Lords Committee Stage

April 2011

JUSTICE submission on Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects Bills
JUSTICE gives evidence on draft Home Office legislation

JUSTICE briefing on Protection of Freedoms Bill
JUSTICE briefing for House of Commons Committee Stage

March 2011

WL (Congo) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
Judgment given in JUSTICE third party intervention

JUSTICE response to the Bill of Rights Commission
JUSTICE responds to the government’s announcement of a Bill of Rights Commission

JUSTICE submission to the Scottish Parliament on legal assistance legislation
JUSTICE submission to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on emergency legislation relating to legal assistance in Scotland.

JUSTICE response to sentencing green paper
JUSTICE has responded to the Ministry of Justice sentencing green paper consultation Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders

February 2011

JUSTICE responds to legal aid consultations
JUSTICE response to Ministry of Justice consultations on the reform of legal aid and civil litigation funding and costs in England and Wales

January 2011

Counter-terrorism review: 'A promise eroded'
JUSTICE responds to the government's Counter-Terrorism Review conclusions

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