Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill

January 9, 2024

In November 2023, the Supreme Court held in an unanimous decision that the Government’s previous Rwanda Memorandum of Understanding was unlawful for several reasons; most notably that it risked refoulement (asylum-seekers being directly/ indirectly returned to their home country before their asylum claim is properly considered) found in the Refugee Convention, Article 3 of the […]

Criminal Justice Bill

December 15, 2023

Barbed wire fence silhouetted against a blue sky

JUSTICE briefed MPs on the Criminal Justice Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Commons. JUSTICE is concerned that the Bill, introduced on 14 November 2023, seeks to inappropriately treat legislation as a panacea for a range of socio-economic issues, rather than address their underlying causes. We consider that if enacted, the […]

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill

December 8, 2023

JUSTICE, alongside the Immigration Lawyers Practitioners Association (‘ILPA’) and Freedom from Torture, briefed Parliamentarians on the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill ahead of its Second Reading in the House of Commons. This follows the UK Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in November 2023, which found the existing Rwanda policy unlawful for several reasons, including […]

Investigatory arrangements following police use of force

November 22, 2023

On 24 September 2023, the Home Office announced a review of investigations after police use of force. The terms of reference for the review were published on 24 October 2024. The review arose in response to backlash over the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) decision to charge a police officer with murder in connection with the […]

Court finds against Government in win for transparency, ruling fear of publicity is no justification for routine redaction of names, after successful JUSTICE intervention

November 17, 2023

Last week, the cross-party law reform charity JUSTICE intervened in the case of R (IA & others) v S/S Home Department & S/S Levelling up, Housing and Communities in the High Court. Today [17/11/23] the Court ruled against the Government and in line with JUSTICE’s submissions. In the case, the Government proposed to redact routinely […]

Modern-day ‘ASBOs’ highly discriminatory and fail to protect victims according to report from JUSTICE

September 20, 2023

JUSTICE has published a robust report, ‘Lowering the Standard: A review of Behavioural Control Orders in England and Wales’, which describes how the use of Behavioural Control Orders should not be seen as “a magic bullet” in addressing matters of public safety and security. Following the template of infamous Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (‘ASBOs’) introduced in […]

Open Justice: the way forward

September 14, 2023

In September 2023, JUSTICE responded to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation, Open Justice: the way forward. Our response paper, titled Open Justice in a modern justice system: purposes, tensions and tools, sets out JUSTICE’s assessment of the purposes of open justice, what other principles, rights and interests are in tension with open justice, and what […]

The UK’s longstanding commitment to the Rule of Law is under grave threat according to landmark report from JUSTICE

September 11, 2023

Cross-party legal reform charity, JUSTICE has today published a landmark report describing how the rule of law in the UK has “regressed significantly on multiple fronts” and threatens the very democratic fabric of our nation. The report titled “The State We’re in: Addressing Threats & Challenges to the Rule of Law” is a substantial evidenced-based […]

JUSTICE launches report calling on Government to double down on efforts to relocate Afghans who supported Britain

August 15, 2023

Today, JUSTICE launched a landmark report, Reforming the Afghanistan Resettlement Schemes: the way forward for ARAP and ACRS. This marks the two-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul and the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, marking the end of British Operations in the country. The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (“ACRS”) and the Afghan Relocations and Assistance […]