Immigration Bill – House of Commons Report Stage

January 30, 2014

JUSTICE is concerned that the Immigration Bill would create a more legally obscure system of immigration control, which places greater power in the hands of administrative authorities without effective means of independent oversight. Read our briefing for the Report Stage of the bill in the House of Commons

Saudi torture judgment must not undermine international torture ban

January 14, 2014

JUSTICE, Amnesty International, REDRESS & INTERIGHTS respond to the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in Jones v UK After more than ten years of litigation, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has today told three British men that they cannot sue Saudi Arabia or its officials for torture they claim they were subjected […]

JUSTICE says JR plans ‘ill-considered, poorly evidenced and ill-advised’

November 26, 2013

JUSTICE response to Lord Chancellor’s consultation ‘Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform’ (CM 8703) JUSTICE considers that the proposals for reform in Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform are ill-considered, poorly evidenced and ill-advised. The proposed changes: appear designed to insulate public decision makers from effective judicial oversight could have a significant impact on public […]

Lords debate Anti-Social Behaviour Bill

October 28, 2013

JUSTICE is concerned about the range of the measures in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill. The Bill is lengthy and broad in its scope, covering such diverse issues as compensation for miscarriages of justice, extradition and counter-terrorism powers exercised at ports and other points of entry to the UK. As the House of […]

Immigration Bill

October 22, 2013

The Immigration Bill has its Second Reading debate in the House of Commons this morning. We regret that the Bill will receive its House of Commons Second Reading only six sitting days after its publication.  Given the complexity of this area of law we regret that more time has not been allowed for Parliamentarians to […]

Legal aid: JUSTICE evidence to JCHR

September 27, 2013

JUSTICE considers that the proposals for reform in Transforming legal aid are ill-considered, rushed and unsupported by evidence. We consider that each of the proposals under consideration by the JCHR will undermine the rule of law and significantly restrict access to justice for individuals without independent means.  We are specifically concerned that the proposals to […]

JUSTICE regrets rush-job done on Secret Court Rules

July 8, 2013

JUSTICE considers that the operation of closed material procedures (CMP) is inherently damaging to our system of justice. Their introduction by Part 2 of the Justice and Security Act 2013 (“the JSA”) into civil proceedings is unfair, unnecessary and unjustified. That one party will present his case unchallenged to the judge in the absence of […]

Government basis for legal aid reform ideological: Lord Chancellor tells MPs

July 4, 2013

Reviewing the Lord Chancellor’s evidence in today’s UK Human Rights Blog, our Director of Human Rights Policy, Angela Patrick considers the implications of Mr Grayling’s multiple references to ideology and belief as the basis for the Government’s proposed reforms to legal aid. JUSTICE considers that the proposals in Transforming Legal Aid are rushed, ill-considered and […]

Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill: JUSTICE submits briefing to the Public Bill Committee.

July 3, 2013

JUSTICE has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee. Our briefing highlights the deficiencies of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill and provides essential modifications to the Bill’s provisions on anti-social behaviour, extradition and criminal compensation. The Public Bill Committee is currently scrutinising the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill and […]

JUSTICE: Parliamentarians must hold the Lord Chancellor to account on Legal Aid

June 27, 2013

JUSTICE has today welcomed the wide-ranging House of Commons backbench debate on the Government’s latest proposals to restrict access to legal aid in Transforming Legal Aid. However, today we publish our correspondence with the House of Commons Justice Select Committee. We welcome the decision of the cross-party Committee to question the Lord Chancellor about restrictions […]