ISC Inquiry on the treatment of detainees

January 13, 2015

JUSTICE joined a group of prominent UK and international NGOs in writing to the Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee (“ISC”), to indicate that we would not be participating in their inquiry on the treatment of detainees alleged to have been tortured. While we are concerned that these allegations must be properly investigated – […]

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill

January 9, 2015

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill was introduced in the House of Commons following the Queen’s speech on 9th May 2013 and had its second reading on the 10th June 2013. Parts 1-6 of the Bill represent the government’s attempt to overhaul the statutory powers available to tackle anti-social behaviour and disorderly conduct. The […]

Immigration Bill

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. We regret that the proposal to remove access to an independent determination on appeal from most applicants will – in practice – […]

Care Bill

JUSTICE joins with a coalition of organisations to support amendment of the Care Bill to clarify that all publicly funded or arranged care services should be considered a public function for the purposes of Section 6 of the Human Rights Act. In May, the Government accepted the case and made their own amendments to the […]

Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill

The Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill will introduce important procedural limitations to the process of judicial review in Scotland. Judicial review allows individual citizens to seek a remedy for the unlawful conduct of public authorities and decision makers. In a country without a written constitution which governs the relationship between the individual and the State, its […]

Proposed restrictions on legal aid for judicial review

The Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (No 3) Regulations 2014 (“the Regulations”) will give effect to the Government’s decision to significantly restrict access to legal aid for judicial review applications. JUSTICE is concerned that – in light of the significant constitutional function of judicial review – these changes are unnecessary and ill-considered. They will, in […]

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

In general terms, we welcome the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill as a means of bringing forward reforms to the Scottish criminal justice system, particularly to amend changes brought about through the emergency legislation hastily enacted in response to the Cadder case, in which we intervened, that recognised the right of access to a lawyer during […]

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 5 February 2014. It had its Second Reading on 24 February 2014 and was considered in Committee during March. Report stage started in May, following which the Bill was carried over into the next session of Parliament and Report continued on […]

Modern Slavery Bill

The Modern Slavery Bill 2014 was introduced to the House of Commons on the 10th June 2014, read for the second time on the 8th July and is now being considered in Committee, which is scheduled to conclude on 14th October. While we welcome the Bill as a measure towards curbing the practice of slavery […]