Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

May 14, 2021

From overcrowded prisons to endemic racial disproportionality, there are many pressing issues across the criminal justice system which need comprehensive, urgent redress. The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill purports to empower “the police and courts to take more effective action against crime and lead [to] a fair justice system.” While some of the aspects […]

New Plan for Immigration

May 11, 2021

In May 2021, JUSTICE responded to the Home Office’s “New Plan for Immigration” consultation. The consultation proposed fundamental changes to the law and process of immigration, asylum and modern slavery matters, which will form the basis of a Sovereign Borders Bill later in the year. Whilst we noted that such widespread reform would require substantial […]

Government Consultation on Judicial Review Reform

May 4, 2021

In March, the Independent Review of Administrative Law (“IRAL”) report was published along with the Government’s response to the IRAL, which set out proposals for reform of judicial review and contained a further consultation.   Following our response to the IRAL, JUSTICE has submitted a response to the Government’s consultation. Our response, which focuses on the importance of judicial review in protecting the rule […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing to the Commons on the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill for Ping Pong

April 20, 2021

This briefing addresses JUSTICE’s concerns with the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill. JUSTICE recognises the unique role and status of the UK’s armed forces, and the difficulties faced by service personnel. However, this Bill is deficient in two important respects, as it both fails to support current and former service personnel whilst also […]

Nealon and Hallam v UK

March 29, 2021

On 17 March 2021 we filed written submissions with the European Court of Human Rights, having been given permission to intervene in this long-running case concerning compensation for miscarriage of justice. We previously intervened in the UK Supreme Court, which by a majority, found against the appellants in 2019. The case concerns whether the amended […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing on the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill for Committee Stage

March 9, 2021

This briefing addresses JUSTICE’s concerns with the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill. JUSTICE recognises the unique role and status of the UK’s armed forces, and the difficulties faced by service personnel. However, this Bill is deficient in two important respects, as it both fails to support current and former service personnel whilst also […]

Independent Human Rights Act Review

March 3, 2021

In December 2020, the Government announced an independent review to examine the framework of the Human Rights Act 1998 (the “HRA”), how it is operating in practice and whether any change is required (the Independent Human Rights Act Review). The Review is focused on two themes: the relationship between the domestic courts and the European […]

R (Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

February 26, 2021

On 26 February 2021, the UK Supreme Court gave judgment in R (Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department in a case which pits national security against natural justice. The case concerns Shamima Begum who, at the age of 15, left the UK for Syria. Ms Begum married an ISIL fighter and aligned […]

JUSTICE issues briefing on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill to the House of Lords for Ping Pong

February 9, 2021

JUSTICE has prepared a briefing that addresses JUSTICE’s concerns; namely, that the Bill would provide no limit on the types of criminal offences that public bodies could authorise undercover operatives to engage in, including rape, murder and torture.  While we welcome certain government proposals that have mitigated some of our concerns with the Bill, we […]