JUSTICE remembers Jonathan Cooper OBE

September 20, 2021

Jonathan Cooper OBE was a stalwart of JUSTICE. Jonathan was our Human Rights Director and later Acting Assistant Director in the late 1990s and early 2000s, leading our work on the introduction of the Human Rights Act and the training of judges around it. Having gone on to become a leading light for equality, particularly […]

JUSTICE are hiring a new Chief Executive

August 20, 2021

Striving for a fair, accessible, and equal justice system. Our current Director, Andrea Coomber, is leaving after eight years. She has been instrumental in growing our membership, clarifying our strategic focus, and ensuring our financial viability. This means that our new CE is coming into a strongly performing and highly reputable organisation. It also means […]

Law Commission Consultation on 14th Programme of Law Reform

August 16, 2021

JUSTICE has responded to the Law Commission’s consultation on its 14th Programme of law reform. We provided our views on the ideas for the programme of work put forward by the Law Commission and which are relevant to JUSTICE’s own work. The Law Commission, like JUSTICE, carries out specialist law reform projects and we both […]

JUSTICE and the Administrative Justice Council launch report on reforming the benefits system

July 8, 2021

The joint Administrative Justice Council and JUSTICE Working Party publishes its report Reforming Benefits Decision-Making, on 8 July 2021. It makes recommendations aimed at creating a benefits system that prioritises dignity and respect and places the user at its heart. The benefits decision-making system forms a huge part of the administrative justice landscape in the […]

Review of closed material procedure in the Justice and Security Act 2013

July 6, 2021

JUSTICE has responded to the Government’s statutory review of closed material procedure (CMP) under the Justice and Security Act 2013 (the JSA). CMP allows the state in litigation to disclose material which is sensitive to national security in closed procedures to the judge and a Special Advocate appointed to represent the other party’s interests, without […]

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 […]