Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill

November 17, 2023

On 25 September 2023, JUSTICE hosted a roundtable to discuss the recent Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill. Chaired by former JUSTICE Scotland Chair, Shelagh McCall KC, the roundtable was attended by practitioners, academics, victim support organisations, researchers and policymakers, including representatives from the Scottish Government. The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss […]

Victims and Prisoners Bill

May 15, 2023

Victims and witnesses of criminal conduct play pivotal roles in our criminal justice system.  Their evidence enables the State to prosecute offences, seeking to prevent future harm to others and ensuring that the guilty receive a fair penalty.  All too often, however, people affected by crime are left to navigate the complex and confusing criminal […]

Illegal Migration Bill

March 28, 2023

JUSTICE briefed Parliament on the Illegal Migration Bill ahead of its seconding reading and committee stages in the Commons. JUSTICE has significant concerns with this legislation which has been introduced with little consultation or scrutiny and has been subject to a very short Parliamentary timetable. The legislation has substantial implications for the UK’s asylum system […]

Online Safety Bill

February 28, 2023

JUSTICE briefed on the Online Safety Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords. The Online Safety Bill was introduced in March 2022 and sets out a framework for the regulation of online service providers. It responds to the growing concern about online harms, and the need to protect service users, especially […]

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill

November 22, 2022

JUSTICE has briefed MPs on the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (“the Bill”), providing written evidence to the Public Bill Committee and briefing all MPs ahead of report stage. Much EU law is still in force in the UK, as it was preserved after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This Bill now […]

Bill of Rights Bill Second Reading

September 8, 2022

JUSTICE has briefed MPs ahead of the proposed Bill of Rights Bill Second Reading on Monday 12 September 2022. On 7 September, media reports have suggested that the Second Reading has been postponed and that the Government is re-thinking the legislation. This pause is a very welcome development given our serious concerns about the legislation. […]

JUSTICE briefing for House of Lords debate on impact of Human Rights Act 1998

July 15, 2022

JUSTICE briefed House of Lords peers ahead of their debate on Thursday 14 July 2022 on the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998. The debate inevitably also addressed the Government’s proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act, through their Bill of Rights Bill. There was consensus from across the house at the debate that […]

Public Order Bill

May 23, 2022

The right to protest is a fundamental cornerstone of any democratic society. Protests can be uncomfortable, particularly for those who disagree with them. However, as the Government notes, “freedom of expression is a unique and precious liberty on which the UK has historically placed great emphasis in our traditions of Parliamentary privilege, freedom of the […]

Judicial Review and Courts Bill

October 12, 2021

JUSTICE has briefed on the Judicial Review and Courts Bill, ahead of the Bill’s second reading in the House of Commons. JUSTICE has several serious concerns with the impact of this wide-ranging Bill on access to justice and the rule of law, and has briefed on the judicial review, criminal procedure, online procedure rules and […]

Nationality and Borders Bill

September 23, 2021

JUSTICE, jointly with Public Law Project, has briefed Parliament on the Nationality and Borders Bill. Our briefings address specific changes which are needed within this Bill for effective access to justice and protection of the rule of law. We also highlight fundamental flaws in the overall approach of the Government to its purported aim of […]