JUSTICE suggestions incorporated into HM Courts & Tribunals Service video

December 10, 2020

We have frequently called for accessible, easy-to-understand information for lay court users to give them greater confidence when navigating the justice system and to help those who may feel intimated and confused ahead of the process. Understanding Courts (2019) recommended that any hearing attendees should have better information, whilst Immigration and Asylum Appeals – a […]

JUSTICE response to Ministry of Justice consultation on public parole hearings

December 8, 2020

JUSTICE responds to the Ministry of Justice’s public consultation on making some parole hearings open to victims of crime and the wider public, part of the government’s ‘root and branch review of the parole system”. The consultation forms the Government’s first action on its “root and branch review” of the parole system, which seeks views […]

Hearing update from R (Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

November 25, 2020

The UK Supreme Court heard this week (23 and 24 November) the cross appeals in the case of Begum, a case in which JUSTICE intervened by written submission. The case concerns Shamima Begum who, at the age of 15, left the UK for Syria. Ms Begum married an ISIL fighter and aligned herself with the terrorist […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing and suggested amendments to the Lords on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill for Committee Stage

November 20, 2020

This briefing addresses JUSTICE’s concerns; namely, that the Bill would allow public bodies to authorise undercover operatives (“CHIS”) to engage in criminal activities – including rape, murder and torture – with impunity. JUSTICE would welcome placing existing Security Services’ Guidelines on a statutory footing. We believe that it is important that such measures are transparent, […]

JUSTICE submits response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

November 18, 2020

JUSTICE has submitted a response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s call for evidence in relation to their inquiry into the Government’s Constitution, Rights and Democracy Commission. We have stressed that if a Commission is going to be set up, it should examine ways in which the rule of law and fundamental rights […]

JUSTICE submits response to the Ministry of Justice on the Sentencing White Paper

November 5, 2020

On 16 September 2020, the Secretary of State for Justice brought before the House of Commons a White Paper titled ‘A Smarter Approach to Sentencing’. While JUSTICE commends the aims of certain policy proposals, there nevertheless remain several points of concern which we would invite the Government to address through consultation. By way of background, […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing to Lords on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill

November 4, 2020

This briefing addresses JUSTICE’s concerns with the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill. The Bill would amend Part II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and allow public bodies to authorise covert human intelligence sources (“CHIS”) to engage in criminal activities – including rape, murder and torture – with impunity. JUSTICE would welcome […]

JUSTICE to intervene in UK Supreme Court appeal in the case of Begum

November 3, 2020

JUSTICE has been granted permission to intervene by written submissions in the UK Supreme Court appeal in the case of Begum. The Court is considering whether (1) a fair and effective appeal can take place without Begum being granted leave to enter the UK to take part in the substantive Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) […]