Review of the Vagrancy Act: consultation on effective replacement

May 13, 2022

This submission sets out JUSTICE’s response to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Review of the Vagrancy Act: consultation on effective replacement. In responding to the consultation, we drew upon existing JUSTICE Working Party reports, including Mental Health and Fair Trial (2017), Solving Housing Disputes (2020), and Tackling Racial Injustice: Children and the […]

Covid-19 Inquiry Terms of Reference Consultation

April 12, 2022

JUSTICE has submitted our response to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry Terms of Reference Consultation. Our response highlights the need to explicitly include an examination of the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on minority communities within the terms of reference. Informed by the findings of our 2019 report When Things Go Wrong, our response also recommends […]

Consultation on Revised Behaviour in Schools Guidance and Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance

March 31, 2022

JUSTICE responded to the Department for Education’s consultation on its redrafted Behaviour Guidance and Suspensions and Permanent Exclusion Guidance on 31 March 2022. Our response is informed by the JUSTICE Working Party report, Challenging School Exclusions (2019)which found serious weaknesses in the current processes for making and reviewing decisions to exclude pupils in England. We […]

Bill of Rights

March 8, 2022

JUSTICE has submitted our response to the Consultation to reform the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA). Our response highlights that the Government’s proposals to replace the HRA with a Bill of Rights will weaken rights protection in the UK by unduly restricting the content of rights and putting up additional procedural barriers to enforcement. It […]

Covert Human Intelligence Sources Revised Code of Practice 2022

February 16, 2022

This response addresses JUSTICE’s concerns with the draft revised Code of Practice issued pursuant to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021, and its corresponding consultation. The Act created a new mechanism which certain Public Bodies can use, called Criminal Conduct Authorisations. CCAs render crimes that Covert Human Intelligence Sources  commit lawful for […]

Delivering Justice for Victims

February 4, 2022

The Ministry of Justice is looking to deliver a Victims’ Bill, aimed at improving victim engagement and experience with the criminal justice system. Currently, too many victims feel let down by a system that seems complex, alienating and ineffective, leading them to disengage altogether. This Bill seeks to address the issues that facilitate these negative experiences, […]

Housing Legal Aid: the way forward consultation response

January 31, 2022

In January 2022, JUSTICE responded to the Ministry of Justice’s Housing Legal Aid: the way forward consultation. The response drew upon our 2020 Solving Housing Disputes report, which set out proposals to create a more unified and accessible housing dispute system. Key to the recommendations within that report are greater coherence, access to legal aid […]

Commission on Young Lives Call for Evidence

December 3, 2021

The Commission on Young Lives is a major independent commission to evidence and design a new national system to prevent crisis in vulnerable young people and support them to succeed in life. It launched in September 2021 and is chaired by Anne Longfield CBE, the former Children’s Commissioner for England. JUSTICE has submitted a response […]

Consultation on Dispute Resolution

October 29, 2021

In October 2021, JUSTICE responded to the Ministry of Justice’s Consultation on Dispute Resolution in England and Wales. The response drew upon our 2020 Solving Housing Disputes report, which set out proposals to create a more unified and accessible housing dispute system. It also addresses points raised by JUSTICE’s working party on Improving Access to Justice for Separating Families. […]