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 press release on extending custody time limits

September 7, 2020

Today, the Government will lay temporary legislation extending custody time limits by 56 days for all new Crown Court cases from 28th September. These measures will remain in place for nine months. Custody Time Limits safeguard unconvicted defendants by preventing them from being held in pre-trial custody for an excessive period of time. Custody Time […]

JUSTICE launches timely report on urgent reform for major inquests and inquiries

August 24, 2020

When a catastrophic event or systemic failure results in death or injury, the justice system must provide a framework to understand what happened and to prevent recurrence. This Working Party of JUSTICE, which publishes its report When Things Go Wrong: the response of the justice system, on 24th August 2020, seeks to address the erosion […]

JUSTICE pilots first ever worldwide virtual mock jury trial

April 29, 2020

On 23 March all new trials were suspended, due to fears that they may contribute to the spread of COVID-19. JUSTICE has a number of concerns about this. For those remanded in prison, it means an indefinite period in which their liberty is being restricted without a determination of guilt. For those remanded on bail, […]

JUSTICE launches “Solving Housing Disputes” report

March 5, 2020

On 5th March 2020, JUSTICE launches its latest working party report, Solving Housing Disputes, chaired by Andrew Arden QC. Too many people in England and Wales find it difficult to enforce access to housing or other housing rights. Over the past decade, homelessness has more than doubled and early legal advice and intervention to address […]

JUSTICE launches report “Increasing Judicial Diversity: An Update”

January 29, 2020

On 29 January 2020, JUSTICE launches its latest working party report, Increasing Judicial Diversity: An Update. This Update builds on JUSTICE’s 2017 Increasing Judicial Diversity report, which explored the structural barriers faced by women, BAME communities, solicitors and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds in reaching the bench. It assesses the progress that has been made […]

JUSTICE launches report “A new model for challenging school exclusions”

November 11, 2019

On 11th November 2019, JUSTICE launches its latest working party report, Challenging School Exclusions. The report calls for significant change to the current system, including better training for schools on excluding pupils, a new Independent Reviewer of individual exclusion decisions and the possibility of appealing to a judge-led tribunal. This report examines the processes used […]

Victor Nealon and Sam Hallam file application with European Court of Human Rights

July 9, 2019

On 30 January 2019, the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Hallam and Nealon v Secretary of State for Justice [2019] UKSC 1. It ruled that the statutory provisions governing eligibility for compensation of persons whose conviction for a criminal offence is reversed are compatible with the presumption of innocence […]

New JUSTICE Working Party Report – Prosecuting Sexual Offences

June 10, 2019

On 10th June 2019, JUSTICE launches its latest working party report, Prosecuting Sexual Offences, chaired by HH Peter Rook QC. Recent years have seen a surge in sexual offence allegations. The uncovering of non-recent crimes, a rise in reporting, shifting cultural attitudes and the internet have all contributed to a large increase of cases entering […]