Ministry of Justice consultation on public parole hearings

December 8, 2020

8 December 2020 JUSTICE responds to the Ministry of Justice’s public consultation on making some parole hearings open to victims of crime and the wider public, part of the government’s ‘root and branch review of the parole system”. The consultation forms the Government’s first action on its “root and branch review” of the parole system, […]

In Memory of Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore

December 1, 2020

We are deeply saddened at the passing of our dear friend Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore who supported JUSTICE for many years and will be greatly missed. We were incredibly grateful for his membership of the JUSTICE60 as well as the time he gave to speak at our report publication events, human rights conferences and Annual […]

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

November 25, 2020

The UK Supreme Court heard this week (23 and 24 November 2020) the cross appeals in the case of Begum, a case in which JUSTICE intervened by written submission. The case concerns Shamima Begum who, at the age of 15, left the UK for Syria. Ms Begum married an ISIL fighter and aligned herself with […]

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

November 20, 2020

This briefing addresses JUSTICE’s concerns; namely, that the Bill would allow public bodies to authorise undercover operatives (“CHIS”) to engage in criminal activities – including rape, murder and torture – with impunity. JUSTICE would welcome placing existing Security Services’ Guidelines on a statutory footing. We believe that it is important that such measures are transparent, […]

JUSTICE submits response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

November 18, 2020

JUSTICE has submitted a response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s call for evidence in relation to their inquiry into the Government’s Constitution, Rights and Democracy Commission. We have stressed that if a Commission is going to be set up, it should examine ways in which the rule of law and fundamental rights […]

Begum v Secretary of State for the Home Department

October 29, 2020

JUSTICE was granted permission to intervene by written submissions in the UK Supreme Court appeal in the case of Begum. The Court considered whether (1) a fair and effective appeal can take place without Begum being granted leave to enter the UK to take part in the substantive Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) appeal; and […]

Independent Review of Administrative Law

October 26, 2020

In July the Government announced an Independent Review of Administrative Law to consider potential reforms to the substance of, and procedures for, judicial review. JUSTICE have submitted a response to the Review’s Call for Evidence shaped by an Advisory Group, chaired by Lord Dyson and comprising the following members: Zahra Al-Rikabi; Professor Gordon Anthony; Catherine […]

JUSTICE submits evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct)

October 19, 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 – including rape, […]

Judicial Mandatory Retirement Age consultation

October 16, 2020

16 October 2020 JUSTICE has responded to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on the mandatory retirement age for judicial office holders. The consultation seeks views on whether the mandatory retirement age (which is currently 70) should be raised and, if so, whether it should be raised to 72 or 75. We are pleased that the […]

In Memory of Derek Ogg QC

May 4, 2020

On Saturday we learned that Derek Ogg QC sadly passed away. Derek was a leading advocate in Scotland, a committed champion over many years of human rights and access to justice for all, particularly for the LGBT+ community. He chaired JUSTICE Scotland from 2016-2017. He is an immense loss to the legal profession and our […]