Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

March 26, 2024

JUSTICE has briefed Parliament on several discrete issues within the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill. Firstly, JUSTICE has briefed on automated decision-making. Clause 14 of the Bill repeals the right not to be subject to solely automated decision making and profiling, replacing it with more permissive provisions. JUSTICE does not consider the new provisions […]

Sentencing Bill

February 5, 2024

The Sentencing Bill, introduced in November 2023,  proposes reforms to sentencing for certain offences. Its primary aim is said to be the protection of victims of violent offences. JUSTICE welcomes certain aspects of the legislation: However, JUSTICE’s briefing raises the following concerns: House of Commons Second Reading (December 2023)Read our briefing here.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill

January 9, 2024

In November 2023, the Supreme Court held in an unanimous decision that the Government’s previous Rwanda Memorandum of Understanding was unlawful for several reasons; most notably that it risked refoulement (asylum-seekers being directly/ indirectly returned to their home country before their asylum claim is properly considered) found in the Refugee Convention, Article 3 of the […]

Criminal Justice Bill

December 15, 2023

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JUSTICE briefed MPs on the Criminal Justice Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Commons. JUSTICE is concerned that the Bill, introduced on 14 November 2023, seeks to inappropriately treat legislation as a panacea for a range of socio-economic issues, rather than address their underlying causes. We consider that if enacted, the […]

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill

December 8, 2023

JUSTICE, alongside the Immigration Lawyers Practitioners Association (‘ILPA’) and Freedom from Torture, briefed Parliamentarians on the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill ahead of its Second Reading in the House of Commons. This follows the UK Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in November 2023, which found the existing Rwanda policy unlawful for several reasons, including […]

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 […]