Justice and Security Green Paper JCHR Inquiry

JUSTICE is deeply concerned that the language used in the Green Paper obscures a series of proposals which would lead to a fundamental shift in the administration of civil justice in this country.

Whilst we welcome the Government’s recognition that reform is needed to increase the effectiveness and transparency of independent oversight mechanisms for the intelligence services. The increasingly public allegations of complicity in human rights violations and the limited remit granted by the Government to ad-hoc scrutiny mechanisms such as the Gibson inquiry, illustrate the need for permanent and effective oversight to ensure that what is done in our name is lawful and compatible with the principles that we hold dear. We regret that the inclusion of limited proposals for reform in this Green Paper appears to present improved systems of non-judicial oversight as a trade-off for the limitation of access to judicial remedies which forms the heart of this package of proposals.