JUSTICE response to the consultation on appeals to the Court of Appeals

June 27, 2016

The Court of Appeal is struggling to cope with its current workload. The result is a serious shortfall of judicial time, and a backlog of cases. To combat this problem, in May 2016 the Civil Procedure Rules Committee published a consultation on reforming the process of making an appeal to the Court of Appeal. The consultation document proposes […]

Tribunal Fees (Asylum and Immigration)

June 6, 2016

The Government proposes to move to ‘full cost recovery’ in immigration and asylum appeals by increasing fees in the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) from £80 to £490 for appeals decided on the papers alone, an increase of just over 512% and from £140 to £800 for appeals decided by way of oral hearing, an increase of […]

McKenzie Friends

May 23, 2016

In February 2016, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales published a consultation on reforming the courts’ approach to McKenzie Friends, and the possible reform and replacement of the current Practice Guidance with, for instance, rules of court or updated Practice Guidance. It also raises the issue of how any such rules or Guidance […]

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

December 18, 2015

The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill was published on 4 November 2015 for consultation.  A Joint Committee appointed to report on the Draft Bill published its report on 11 February 2016. In 2011, JUSTICE recommended that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (‘RIPA’) be repealed and replaced by a modern legal framework for surveillance more […]

HMCTS Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales

October 23, 2015

On 23 June 2015, the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice announced his intention to work with the judiciary to reform the courts in England and Wales. The stated aim of the reform is to create a modern and efficient justice system which takes into account developments in technology. This process has […]

Court and Tribunal Fees: Consultation on further fees

September 23, 2015

JUSTICE responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on introducing further fees in the courts and tribunals. Chief amongst our concerns are: a 10% uplift on all court fees in civil proceedings other than those already increased above cost; an increase to the maximum fees payable in civil claims, from £10,000 to at least £20,000 […]

Judicial review claimants and financial disclosure (Cm 9117)

September 17, 2015

JUSTICE and the Public Law Project (“PLP”) prepared a joint response to the Government’s recent consultation on the compulsory disclosure of financial information by claimants for judicial review and applicants for costs protection, pursuant to the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. This consultation concerns the approach to rules of court that may be made […]

A Public Service Ombudsman

June 16, 2015

JUSTICE welcomes the decision to reform and modernise the public service ombudsman system, which we have been advocating for over three decades. Our influential report of 1961, The Citizen and the Administration, was credited as leading to the creation of the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. Only a few years later, in 1969, in […]

National implementation of the ECHR

March 3, 2015

JUSTICE, together with other UK and European NGOs, supports the initiative of the Council of Europe, under the Belgian Chairmanship, to promote measures for the more effective implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights. On 26 February 2015, JUSTICE signed a joint statement in response to the draft Brussels Declaration on the ‘Implementation of […]

ISC Inquiry on the treatment of detainees

November 1, 2014

JUSTICE joined a group of prominent UK and international NGOs in writing to the Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee (“ISC”), to indicate that we would not be participating in their inquiry on the treatment of detainees alleged to have been tortured. While we are concerned that these allegations must be properly investigated – […]