Investigation of police ill-treatment in Europe

June 20, 2017

JUSTICE has taken part in an EU-wide project on ill treatment by police officers. The report, published by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, is a comparative study of seven EU countries, funded by the Open Society Foundations. JUSTICE authored the England and Wales research, which is summarised in the main comparative report. Evidence suggests that law […]

JUSTICE publishes ‘pocket guide’ for Scottish lawmakers

May 10, 2017

As the makers of our laws, as our representatives, and in holding the Scottish Government to account, MSPs wear many hats. To support them in this, JUSTICE has published a new report, Law for Scottish lawmakers: A JUSTICE guide to the law. The report, an update of our 2015 Westminster focussed publication Law For lawmakers, […]

To Assist the Court: Third Party Interventions in the Public Interest

June 22, 2016

It is an old saying that there are at least two sides to every case.  A question for the courts is what happens when there are more than two? Over the past four decades, in a range of legally and constitutionally significant matters – from the treatment of children in detention to the jurisdiction of […]

Building a surveillance law fit for purpose – new JUSTICE publication

November 3, 2015

In 2011, JUSTICE published Freedom from Suspicion: Surveillance Reform for a Digital Age, a forward looking report on the failure of the surveillance framework in the UK to keep pace with changing technology, to the detriment of both individual privacy and the credibility of the work of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies.  We recommended […]

Law for Lawmakers: A JUSTICE guide to the law

July 8, 2015

JUSTICE has long worked on a cross-party basis to build a bridge between Westminster and the legal community. In that spirit, we have published Law for Lawmakers, a short introduction to some key legal and constitutional principles confronted by MPs, Peers and their staff in their work. This guide is designed to provide basic information and […]

In the dock

July 1, 2015

Reassessing the use of the dock in criminal trials The use of the dock for adult defendants in our criminal courts is unquestioned. Secure docks – with high walls made of glass panels – are most common, although some defendants will be held in open, wooden docks. While some courts will allow the defendant out […]

Inside Police Custody

December 1, 2013

An Empirical Account of Suspects’ Rights in Four Jurisdictions This empirical study of the procedural rights of suspects in four EU jurisdictions – France, Scotland, the Netherlands and England and Wales – focuses on three of the procedural rights set out in the EU Roadmap for strengthening the procedural rights of suspected or accused persons […]

European Arrest Warrant

August 29, 2012

Ensuring an effective defence The European arrest warrant (EAW) came into force in 2004. It brought in radical change to the extradition process across the European Union. This has led to vast numbers of speedy hearings and surrenders. The EAW was originally promoted as a weapon in the fight against serious cross border crime, but […]

Freedom from Suspicion

November 4, 2011

Surveillance Reform for a Digital Age In 2000, Parliament enacted the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000. At the time, it was acclaimed by government ministers as human rights compliant, forward-looking legislation. Since its inception, there have been close to three million decisions taken by public bodies under RIPA. Surveillance is a necessary activity […]