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 […]

JUSTICE submits evidence to the Justice Committee

May 17, 2019

In March 2019, JUSTICE submitted evidence to the Justice Committee’s inquiry into the access to justice implications of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals (HMCTS) Reform Programme. Our Legal Director, Jodie Blackstock, will be speaking to JUSTICE’s evidence before the Justice Committee on the 25th of June. HMCTS embarked on a £1bn transformation programme in 2016, […]

JUSTICE submits consultation response to the Ministry of Housing

January 23, 2019

JUSTICE submitted a response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Call for Evidence for a Housing Court. The consultation sought input from respondents on the experience of people using court and tribunal services in property cases, whether there was a case for a sole housing court and how the system could best […]

Consultation response on Employment Law Hearing Structures

January 14, 2019

JUSTICE recently submitted a response to the Law Commission’s consultation paper on Employment Law Hearing Structures. The consultation sought views on how to resolve the problems caused by the current allocation of jurisdiction between the employment tribunals and civil courts in the fields of discrimination and employment law, as well as investigating the current time […]

Independent Public Advocate consultation response

December 4, 2018

JUSTICE this week submitted a response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation Paper on Establishing an Independent Public Advocate. The proposed Independent Public Advocate would act for bereaved families after a public disaster and support them at inquests and inquiries. JUSTICE is heartened that Government is considering reform in this area. We acknowledge that victims […]

JUSTICE submits response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation

August 30, 2018

JUSTICE this week submitted a response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation Paper for amendments to Part 39 of the Civil Procedure Rules (‘CPR’). Part 39 of the CPR governs the principle of ‘open justice’ and the circumstances where it is possible to hold hearings otherwise than in public. JUSTICE welcomes the MOJ’s intention to […]

JUSTICE gives submission to the Justice Commission in Wales

July 18, 2018

The Commission on Justice in Wales is currently reviewing the Welsh justice system under wide ranging terms of reference. JUSTICE submitted its evidence to the Commission last week. Our submission focused on court closures, digital exclusion, legal advice shortages and criminal law advice and representation.  In particular, we advocated for a flexible deployment of the court […]

JUSTICE response to the Justice Committee’s Disclosure of Evidence in Criminal Cases Inquiry

June 7, 2018

On 6 June 2018, JUSTICE responded to the Justice Committee’s Disclosure of Evidence in Criminal Cases Inquiry. This inquiry aims to investigate disclosure procedures fully to ensure they are fit for purpose and that the steps proposed to address existing issues are sufficient to resolve them. The Committee’s findings will feed into the Attorney General’s […]

JUSTICE response: Reforming the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

March 8, 2017

In March 2017, JUSTICE responded to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on reform of the funding scheme which pays advocates to defend clients in the Crown Court. The manner in which defence advocates are remunerated for cases involving mentally vulnerable defendants comes within the work of our Working Party on Mental Health and Fair Trial. […]