Ministry of Justice consultation on public parole hearings

December 8, 2020

8 December 2020 JUSTICE responds to the Ministry of Justice’s public consultation on making some parole hearings open to victims of crime and the wider public, part of the government’s ‘root and branch review of the parole system”. The consultation forms the Government’s first action on its “root and branch review” of the parole system, […]

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities – Call for Evidence

November 30, 2020

On 16 July 2020, amid the #BlackLivesMatter protests across the world, the Government launched the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities to explore the issues of racial and ethnic disparities in the UK, with particular reference to the areas of health, education, criminal justice and employment. It intends to report by the end of 2020. […]

JUSTICE submits response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

November 18, 2020

JUSTICE has submitted a response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s call for evidence in relation to their inquiry into the Government’s Constitution, Rights and Democracy Commission. We have stressed that if a Commission is going to be set up, it should examine ways in which the rule of law and fundamental rights […]

‘A Smarter Approach to Sentencing’ White Paper

November 5, 2020

On 16 September 2020, the Secretary of State for Justice brought before the House of Commons a White Paper titled ‘A Smarter Approach to Sentencing’. While JUSTICE commends the aims of certain policy proposals, there nevertheless remain several points of concern which we would invite the Government to address through consultation. By way of background, […]

Justice Committee’s Legal Aid Inquiry

November 3, 2020

JUSTICE submitted a response to the Justice Committee’s “Future of Legal Aid” Inquiry at the start of November 2020. Our contributions focused on civil legal aid, and included submissions on: how LASPO has impacted access to justice, citing particular issues with legal aid provision in family, housing and benefits disputes, in accordance with our discrete […]

Independent Review of Administrative Law

October 26, 2020

In July the Government announced an Independent Review of Administrative Law to consider potential reforms to the substance of, and procedures for, judicial review. JUSTICE have submitted a response to the Review’s Call for Evidence shaped by an Advisory Group, chaired by Lord Dyson and comprising the following members: Zahra Al-Rikabi; Professor Gordon Anthony; Catherine […]

Justice Committee Court Capacity Inquiry

October 23, 2020

23 October 2020 The Justice Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into whether the number of sitting days available will be sufficient to clear the backlog of cases in the courts and what long-term solutions, including digital hearings, may be possible. We submitted a response, highlighting our work on the virtual jury trial as a […]

Judicial Mandatory Retirement Age consultation

October 16, 2020

16 October 2020 JUSTICE has responded to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on the mandatory retirement age for judicial office holders. The consultation seeks views on whether the mandatory retirement age (which is currently 70) should be raised and, if so, whether it should be raised to 72 or 75. We are pleased that the […]