Independent Human Rights Act Review

March 3, 2021

In December 2020, the Government announced an independent review to examine the framework of the Human Rights Act 1998 (the “HRA”), how it is operating in practice and whether any change is required (the Independent Human Rights Act Review). The Review is focused on two themes: the relationship between the domestic courts and the European […]

R (Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

February 26, 2021

On 26 February 2021, the UK Supreme Court gave judgment in R (Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department in a case which pits national security against natural justice. The case concerns Shamima Begum who, at the age of 15, left the UK for Syria. Ms Begum married an ISIL fighter and aligned […]

Begum v Secretary of State for the Home Department

On 26 February 2021, the UK Supreme Court gave judgment in R (Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department in a case which pits national security against natural justice. The case concerns Shamima Begum who, at the age of 15, left the UK for Syria. Ms Begum married an ISIL fighter and aligned […]

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill

February 9, 2021

19 October 2020 This written evidence addresses questions posed by the Joint Committee on Human Rights with respect to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill. The Bill amends the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, creating a statutory process for public bodies to authorise covert human intelligence sources to engage in criminal activities […]

JUSTICE and Just For Kids Law issue joint briefing on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill to the House of Commons supporting Lords Amendments

January 27, 2021

JUSTICE and Just For Kids Law have jointly issued this briefing which sets out our deep concerns with the use of children and vulnerable adults as covert operatives under the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill. This Bill would allow certain public bodies to grant criminal conduct authorisations to operatives, rendering their criminal acts […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing to the Lords on the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill for Second Reading

January 20, 2021

This briefing addresses JUSTICE’s concerns with the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill. JUSTICE recognises the unique role and status of the UK’s armed forces, and the difficulties faced by service personnel. However, this Bill is deficient in two important respects, as it both fails to support current and former service personnel whilst also […]

JUSTICE and HMCTS collaborate to redesign Immigration and Asylum Tribunal poster

January 15, 2021

We have continued to collaborate with HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) in our work ensuring that accessible and easy-to-understand information is available to lay court users, as recommended in Understanding Courts (2019) and Immigration and Asylum Appeals – a Fresh Look (2018). We previously updated members on the successful incorporation of JUSTICE suggestions into […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing and endorsed amendments to the Lords on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill for Report Stage

January 11, 2021

This briefing addresses JUSTICE’s serious concerns with the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, which amends Part II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. The Bill would create an unprecedented power for public bodies (from law enforcement to the Food Standards Agency) to authorise covert operatives to commit criminal offences with impunity. […]

JUSTICE suggestions incorporated into HM Courts & Tribunals Service video

December 10, 2020

We have frequently called for accessible, easy-to-understand information for lay court users to give them greater confidence when navigating the justice system and to help those who may feel intimated and confused ahead of the process. Understanding Courts (2019) recommended that any hearing attendees should have better information, whilst Immigration and Asylum Appeals – a […]