Justice and Security Bill

December 18, 2012

The Justice and Security Bill contains a series of proposals which JUSTICE is concerned could undermine public confidence in the administration of civil justice and damage the credibility of our judiciary.    This Bill would ensure closed material procedures (CMP) – where a party to proceedings and his lawyers (together with the public and the […]

Immigration and Human Rights

June 19, 2012

Following the Home Secretary’s Statement last week on immigration, family migration and the right to family life, the House of Commons will today be encouraged to vote on a Government motion on human rights and immigration. The motion urges MPs to express their support for Immigration Rules published less than 5 working days ago. JUSTICE […]

Defamation Bill

June 8, 2012

The Defamation Bill introduces a statutory definition of defamation and a new minimum threshold of “serious harm” for libel claims.  JUSTICE welcomes the Bill as an important step in reforming the law of libel to enhance protection for freedom of expression. JUSTICE Briefing – House of Commons Second Reading – June 2012 Links    

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

February 5, 2012

This bill received Royal Assent on 1 May 2012 and became the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. View the more information on the passage of the legislation on Parliament’s website. The bill was presented to Parliament on 21 June 2011. The bill is wide-ranging concerning the provision of legal aid, funding and costs in […]

Scotland Bill

January 1, 2012

View the latest information on this bill on Parliament’s website. The bill was presented to Parliament on 30 November 2010. The Bill will implement recommendations of the Final Report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution (the Calman Commission). It would make a number of adjustments to the boundary of devolved responsibilities. JUSTICE welcomes the amendments to the Scotland […]

Identity Documents Bill

December 21, 2011

The main purpose of this bill was to abolish identity cards and the National Identity Register, by repealing the Identity Cards Act 2006. The bill received Royal Assent on 21 December 2010 and became the Identity Documents Act 2010, you can see the bill’s passage through Parliament. JUSTICE Briefing – House of Commons Second Reading – June […]

Protection of Freedoms Bill

December 9, 2011

View the latest information on this bill on Parliament’s website. The bill was presented to Parliament on 11 February 2011. It: brings in a new framework for police retention of fingerprints and DNA data, and requires schools to get parents’ consent before processing children’s biometric information introduces a code of practice for surveillance camera systems and […]

The Regulation of the Press

December 7, 2011

A fierce debate rages over the future of the Press Complaints Commission. The issue of press regulation raises high emotions and difficult arguments. The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press has already held three animated and widely reported opening sessions. A wide range of views was expressed at JUSTICE’s Council […]

Terrorism Prevention and Investigative Measures Bill

November 22, 2011

View the latest information on this bill on Parliament’s website. The bill was presented to Parliament on 23 May 2011. Its purpose is to abolish control orders and make provision for the imposition of terrorism prevention and investigation measures. Although JUSTICE welcomes repeal of control orders under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, we are concerned that […]

Public Bodies Bill

September 26, 2011

View the latest information on this bill on Parliament’s website. The Public Bodies Bill makes provisions for conferring powers on Ministers of the Crown in relation to certain public bodies and offices. JUSTICE is particularly concerned that the bill threatens parliamentary sovereignty and human rights – see our press release. We have urged the Attorney General to intervene to […]