Supreme Court rules torture and rendition claims against UK government should proceed

January 17, 2017

Leading human rights organisations have hailed a landmark decision of the UK Supreme Court to hold the UK Government accountable for its role in human rights abuses overseas. The country’s highest court issued today a long-awaited judgment in the two joined appeals in Belhaj and Others v. Jack Straw & Others and Rahmatullah v. Ministry of […]

The human rights implications of Brexit on EU migration

On Thursday 8 December 2016 at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, four eminent lawyers and academics with varying knowledge and perceptions of Brexit presented their views on one of the most constitutionally significant events in British history. Organised in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and chaired by Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland Editor, the […]

James Wolffe QC stresses need to respect the dignity and rights of all

December 14, 2016

Lord Advocate, James Wolffe, QC gave the 2016 JUSTICE Human Rights Day Lecture on Friday 9 December. He emphasised the need to respect the dignity and rights of all people within the criminal justice system, whether victim, witness or accused. Mr Wolffe’s first speech since he was appointed Lord Advocate in June took place at […]

JUSTICE response: Modernising judicial terms and conditions

November 30, 2016

JUSTICE has responded to the UK Government’s proposals to modernise judicial terms and conditions. While JUSTICE supports the introduction of a single non-renewable fixed term for Recorders and Deputy High Court Judges, we argue that it will not solve our judiciary’s pressing diversity crisis alone. The Government’s proposals should sit alongside more wide-ranging reforms to […]

JUSTICE response: Transforming our justice system

November 23, 2016

JUSTICE recently responded to the ‘Transforming our justice system‘ consultation by the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, which sought views on specific measures being implemented as part of MoJ’s changes to the justice system, namely ‘assisted digital’, online convictions and statutory fixed fines, and the panel composition in tribunals. At this […]

JUSTICE response: Law Commission programme of work

November 2, 2016

The Law Commission has identified some areas of law that may require reform and could be potential projects for its 13th Programme of work. They launched a consultation and JUSTICE responded. The response focussed on inquiries and codification, streamlining and consolidation. In respect of inquiries, the response emphasised the important public functions that inquiries play […]

Lord Justice Briggs outlines potential for an online court

October 19, 2016

The annual Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture 2016 took place on Tuesday 18 October at Shearman & Sterling LLP in London. The Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Briggs, Lord Justice of Appeal outlined his recommendations for a new online court and the potential for more affordable dispute resolution. Lord Justice Briggs explained some of the challenges and […]

TeamJUSTICE raises £13,800 and counting

October 11, 2016

Runners from across the legal profession, as well as their clients, took part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London on Sunday 9 October. The fantastic team of runners covered 13.1miles each and have raised over £13,800 so far. These are invaluable funds for JUSTICE and will particularly help finance a new Mental […]

JUSTICE response: Request for further views on the provision of judicial review claimants’ financial information to other parties

August 16, 2016

In July 2015, the Government opened a consultation: Reform of Judicial Review: proposals for the provision and use of financial information (Cm 9117) on financial information to be disclosed by judicial review claimants pursuant to section 85 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (“CJCA”). JUSTICE and the Public Law Project provided a Joint […]