JUSTICE 1957-2011

Since its foundation JUSTICE has played a significant role in changing legal procedure and practice. Here are just some of our achievements

1957  JUSTICE formed in London

1958  JUSTICE becomes the British section of the International Commission of Jurists. We continue to assist in the ICJ's work to ensure the rule of law in many countries

1964  The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is set up – partly in response to JUSTICE's 1962 report Compensation for Victims of Crimes of Violence

1967  The first Ombudsman is appointed. In the early 1960s JUSTICE was amongst the first to call for the establishment of Ombudsmen in central and local government

1975  The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act comesinto effect. The Act was based upon the recommendations of JUSTICE's 1972 report Living it Down 

1984  The first Data Protection Act becomes law. JUSTICE first pressed for data protection controls in its 1970 report Privacy and the Law

1992  JUSTICE calls for an independent judicial appointments commission in our report The Judiciary in England and Wales. Our demands came to fruition in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005

1997  The Criminal Cases Review Commission is set up, over 30 years after JUSTICE first called for an independent body to review alleged miscarriage of justice cases

2000  The Human Rights Act 1998 comes fully into force. JUSTICE's then Director, Anne Owers, was a member of the government's task force, and we were at the forefront of training for practitioners and public bodies

2005  The Freedom of Information Act 2000 comes into force. For more than 25 years, JUSTICE had been urging greater rights to access to information held by public bodies, publishing a report, Freedom of Information, in 1978

2006  The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 comes into force, and with it three reforms long advocated by JUSTICE: the creation of a Supreme Court; a more transparent process for appointing judges; and the overhaul of the traditional role of the Lord Chancellor

2009  JUSTICE publishes influential report on use of secret evidence

2010  JUSTICE's work on the constitutional disadvantages of reform or repeal of the Human Rights Act is instrumental in safeguarding the Act after the general election in May

2010  Victory in Cadder in UK Supreme Court means criminal suspects in Scotland have right to legal representation in police stations