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 […]

EU Criminal Procedure

July 29, 2011

A general defence practitioner’s guide Many lawyers will be familiar with the European arrest warrant and assume that EU criminal law is for specialists. In fact, EU activity has expanded into all areas of procedure, from bail through to custody and almost everything in between. These measures are slowly coming into force throughout the EU […]

Time for a New Hearing

January 5, 2011

Time for a New Hearing proposes that most young offenders should participate in restorative conferencing – meeting their victims and agreeing to make amends for their offending behaviour – rather than receiving traditional court sentences. Author JUSTICE and The Police Foundation Published 5 January 2011 Links The Police Foundation Download a copy of Time for a New Hearing

Giving legal advice at police stations: practical pointers

November 1, 2010

The Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Act 2010 made significant amendments to the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995. As a result, JUSTICE prepared a short guide to offer practical assistance to practitioners  advising and representing detained persons at police stations in entirely new circumstances. Published 1 November 2010 Download a copy of Giving […]

Effective Criminal Defence in Europe

June 24, 2010

Effective Criminal Defence in Europe is a 657 page publication that is the culmination of a three year research project funded by the European Commission and OSI. The project reviewed how criminal defence is conducted in eight member states and one accession state in comparison with the standards of the ECHR and concluded that many […]