JUSTICE submits response to the Home Office consultation on pre-charge bail

June 8, 2020

On 29 May 2020 JUSTICE responded to the Home Office consultation on pre-charge bail. JUSTICE recognises the concerns raised with the current regime, namely that: pre-charge bail is not always being used by the police in circumstances where it would be appropriate to do so; there has been a significant reduction in the use of […]

JUSTICE Response to HMCTS Survey on Conducting Video Hearings

April 25, 2020

JUSTICE considers that any fully remote hearings taking place during the Covid-19 pandemic must be procedurally fair.  We provide responses to questions posed by HMCTS below which draws on our research, including 18 responses so far to a survey of the experiences of the JUSTICE membership, across many first instance and appellate jurisdictions with remote […]

JUSTICE submits a consultation to the Justice Commons Select Committee

April 2, 2020

This consultation addresses the Justice Committee ahead of their first meeting on the criminal justice system and COVID-19 on 7 April 2020. JUSTICE is supportive of the many efforts which are being made to keep the justice system functioning during this difficult time. This short briefing to the Committee raises the key principles which JUSTICE […]

JUSTICE submits evidence to the Westminster Commission on Miscarriages of Justice

October 9, 2019

In October 2019, JUSTICE submitted evidence to the Westminster Commission on Miscarriages of Justice, which was established by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice. The aim of the Commission’s inquiry was to investigate the serious misgivings expressed in the legal profession, commentators and academics, about the remit of the Criminal Cases Review Commission […]

JUSTICE submits response to the Sentencing Council consultation

July 18, 2019

On 9 July 2019, JUSTICE responded to the Sentencing Council consultation on its Sentencing Offenders with Mental Health Conditions or Disorders Guideline. Our 2017 Mental Health and Fair Trial report recommended that a sentencing guideline on mental health and vulnerability should be created. JUSTICE welcomes the Sentencing Council Guideline, which is a direct response to […]

JUSTICE submits consultation response on the Online Harms White Paper

July 3, 2019

JUSTICE has provided a response to the Government’s Online Harms White Paper. Drawing on its Prosecuting Sexual Offences Working Party, chaired by HH Peter Rook QC. The Working Party concluded that preventing online offending from taking place must be a key part of the strategy in reducing the burden sexual offences are placing on the […]

JUSTICE response to Labour consultation

July 2, 2019

JUSTICE has provided a response to Labour’s Building an effective criminal justice system consultation. Drawing on its previous reports, the response highlighted JUSTICE’s belief that the criminal justice system must refocus its efforts to reduce offending, by placing a special emphasis on: (a) diversion from the criminal justice system; (b) effective participation; and (c) effective […]

JUSTICE submits a response to the CPS consultation on Mental Health Conditions and Disorders

June 6, 2019

On 4 June 2019, JUSTICE responded to the CPS consultation on Mental Health Conditions and Disorders: Draft Legal Guidance. JUSTICE is pleased to respond to this consultation. In 2017, JUSTICE published its Mental Health and Fair Trial report, chaired by Sir David Latham. The report expressed concern about lack of appropriate guidance for prosecutors on when to […]