Increasing judicial diversity is vital to a fairer justice system – a JUSTICE working party gives its recommendations

April 25, 2017

Despite the diverse make-up of the United Kingdom, our senior judiciary is dominated by white and privately educated men. The new JUSTICE report, Increasing judicial diversity, explores the structural barriers faced by women, people from visible ethnic minorities and those from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds in reaching the bench. The report explains why diversity is a vital […]

Prisons and Courts Bill: JUSTICE briefing

April 6, 2017

JUSTICE has produced a briefing on the Prisons and Courts Bill for the Second Reading. It addresses our initial concerns over the written and online processes created by Part 2, and the changes proposed to the judiciary and the Judicial Appointments Commission in Parts 3 and 4: For Part 2, there are a number of principles […]

What can be done about judicial diversity?

April 3, 2017

Ideas for achieving better diversity in the senior judiciary of England and Wales were discussed at a panel event, organised by the London Solicitors Litigation Association and JUSTICE, on Monday 20 March. In the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court there are only two judges who are from non-white ethnic minority groups, and only around […]

JUSTICE response: Reforming the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

March 8, 2017

In March 2017, JUSTICE responded to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on reform of the funding scheme which pays advocates to defend clients in the Crown Court. The manner in which defence advocates are remunerated for cases involving mentally vulnerable defendants comes within the work of our Working Party on Mental Health and Fair Trial. […]

Apply for the JUSTICE Spring externship programme

February 28, 2017

JUSTICE invites applications for our Spring 2017 externship programme. This is an unpaid remote-working internship, lasting up to 6 weeks with a total commitment of 10 – 15 hours. The successful applicants will work remotely on a research project looking at digitising the existing court and tribunal model in the UK and will be supervised […]

Call for nominations: Immigration and Asylum Determination Reform Working Party

February 21, 2017

JUSTICE is inviting members to apply to join our working party on Immigration and Asylum Determination Reform. The Working Party will look at the determination processes in immigration and asylum cases and how these might be reformed in line with the Government’s Reform Programme. We are looking for immigration and asylum practitioners, academics, user representatives, […]

JUSTICE joins calls for a moratorium on prison construction

January 27, 2017

JUSTICE Legal Director, Jodie Blackstock, is one of several signatories to an open letter, published by the Guardian on 26 January 2017. It calls for an immediate moratorium on prison construction in the UK and a national debate about how to build a safer society and secure communities. The letter reads: Wednesday’s opposition day debate […]

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 […]