JUSTICE publishes ‘Law for Lawmakers’ – a new guide to the law for MPs

July 8, 2015

JUSTICE has long worked on a cross-party basis to build a bridge between Westminster and the legal community. In that spirit, we today publish Law for Lawmakers, a short introduction to some key legal and constitutional principles confronted by MPs, Peers and their staff in their work. This guide is designed to provide basic information […]

Law for Lawmakers: A JUSTICE guide to the law

JUSTICE has long worked on a cross-party basis to build a bridge between Westminster and the legal community. In that spirit, we have published Law for Lawmakers, a short introduction to some key legal and constitutional principles confronted by MPs, Peers and their staff in their work. This guide is designed to provide basic information and […]

JUSTICE launches report ‘In the Dock’

July 2, 2015

Last night JUSTICE published its most recent report, In the Dock: Reassessing the use of the dock in criminal trial which reviews the criminal dock and recommends that its use is discontinued. The audience from across the profession, including barristers, solicitors, judges and academics heard from the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales who welcomed the report for “raising the debate”. […]

In the dock: Reassessing the use of the dock in criminal trials

Yesterday (1 July) JUSTICE published its most recent report, which reviews the criminal dock and recommends its use is discontinued. JUSTICE is concerned that the use of the dock impacts upon the defendant’s right to a fair trial, in particular: effective participation in one’s defence; preserving the presumption of innocence; and maintaining dignity in the […]

In the dock

July 1, 2015

Reassessing the use of the dock in criminal trials The use of the dock for adult defendants in our criminal courts is unquestioned. Secure docks – with high walls made of glass panels – are most common, although some defendants will be held in open, wooden docks. While some courts will allow the defendant out […]

Lord Chief Justice endorses JUSTICE report on civil courts and tribunals

JUSTICE welcomes yesterday’s address by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, in which he stressed the need for wide ranging reform of the justice system:  “…I hope that we can create a better court and tribunal system, with rules and procedures to ensure that the right work is carried out […]

A Public Service Ombudsman

June 16, 2015

JUSTICE welcomes the decision to reform and modernise the public service ombudsman system, which we have been advocating for over three decades. Our influential report of 1961, The Citizen and the Administration, was credited as leading to the creation of the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. Only a few years later, in 1969, in […]

Snooping law fit for a digital age? Let’s rip up RIPA and start again.

June 11, 2015

Today, in a long-awaited report, the Independent Reviewer of Counter-Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC echoes JUSTICE’s call to ‘start from scratch’ with a new surveillance law fit for a digital age.   For almost a decade, since its adoption, JUSTICE has urged reform of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 – or RIPA – the […]

Snooping law for a digital age?  Let’s rip up RIPA and start again.

Today, in a long-awaited report – A Question of Trust – the Independent Reviewer of Counter-Terrorism Legislation, Lord Anderson of Ipswich QC echoes JUSTICE’s call to ‘start from scratch’ with a new surveillance law fit for a digital age. For almost a decade, since its adoption, JUSTICE has urged reform of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers […]