Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU

July 1, 2014

The UK Government commenced a review of the balance of competences in July 2012 and will run until the end of 2014. It seeks to audit what the EU does and how it affects the UK. Over four semesters it has sought evidence on 32 areas of competence, questioning what advantages and disadvantages they bring […]

Detainee Torture Inquiry

April 7, 2014

JUSTICE – together with a number of other NGOs – has written to the Foreign Secretary to ask how the Government can justify passing the responsibility for the inquiry into the treatment of detainees – formerly under the supervision of Sir Peter Gibson – to the Intelligence and Security Committee (“ISC”). Read the joint NGO […]

Deportation with Assurances

February 13, 2014

In November 2013, the Home Secretary asked David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation to conduct an independent review of the operation of the Government’s practice on deportations with assurances (DWA). While the most high profile of these cases involved the return of Abu Qatada to Jordan, the Government has increasingly sought to […]

The Intelligence and Security Committee: Privacy and Security Inquiry

February 10, 2014

The Intelligence and Security Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the legal framework which governs interception of communications by the security agencies and the balance which is struck between privacy and security in that legislation. Triggered by the Snowden revelations, the inquiry issued a call for evidence which closed on 7 February 2014. In […]

Future of the European Convention on Human Rights

January 27, 2014

The Council of Europe is currently conducting a consultation on the longer term future of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The consultation closed on 27 January 2014 and is this exercise will continue until Spring 2015. JUSTICE considers that the future of the Convention system must build upon a commitment to the right […]

Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform

November 26, 2013

JUSTICE considers that the proposals for reform in Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform are ill-considered, poorly evidenced and ill-advised. The changes proposed to legal aid for judicial review appear designed to insulate public decision makers from effective judicial oversight Proposals on standing and costs could significantly impact upon public interest litigation within the United […]

Transforming Legal Aid

September 27, 2013

JUSTICE considers that the proposals in Transforming Legal Aid are rushed, ill-considered and unsupported by evidence. We regret that less than a year after the implementation of the last reforms in Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (“LASPO”), the Government is proposing a series of changes which fail to consider the important […]

Scottish Government Consultation on Civil Appeals from the Court of Session

September 1, 2013

JUSTICE responded to the Scottish Government consultation on the proposal to introduce a leave requirement for Scottish cases to proceed to the Supreme Court.  Currently no equivalent requirement for leave applies to that applicable in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Instead, appeals must be certified by counsel before being referred. JUSTICE expressed our support for […]

Retaining the DNA of people arrested but not charged: Biometrics Commissioner Consultation

July 18, 2013

JUSTICE regrets the decision in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 to depart from the DNA retention model operating in Scotland. The decision to provide for the continuing retention of DNA taken from individuals on arrest, even in circumstances where no charge results, will, in our view, be extremely difficult to justify. We are particularly […]

Making Justice Work: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill

July 2, 2013

The Making Justice Work: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill Consultation ran from February to May 2013. It contained proposals to restructure the way civil cases and summary criminal cases are dealt with by the courts in Scotland. The proposals suggest a legal framework for implementing the majority of recommendations of the Scottish Civil Courts Review. The […]