JUSTICE Human Rights Law Conference 2019

October 31, 2019

On Wednesday 16 October our annual Human Rights Law Conference took place at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. This year, we hosted discussions on a number of topics including free movement, air pollution, rape prosecutions, Brexit, judicial diversity and public inquiries. The conference opened with a morning Keynote Address, delivered by the Rt. Hon. Sir Nicholas Green, […]

JUSTICE submits evidence to the Westminster Commission on Miscarriages of Justice

October 9, 2019

In October 2019, JUSTICE submitted evidence to the Westminster Commission on Miscarriages of Justice, which was established by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice. The aim of the Commission’s inquiry was to investigate the serious misgivings expressed in the legal profession, commentators and academics, about the remit of the Criminal Cases Review Commission […]

One-year update – Preventing Digital Exclusion from Online Justice

July 31, 2019

In June 2018, JUSTICE published its Working Party report, Preventing Digital Exclusion from Online Justice (“PDE”). The background to the Working Party was the ambitious £1.6 billion Reform Programme launched by HMCTS in 2016, aimed at reforming the justice system so that cases are increasingly resolved online. JUSTICE supported the Reform Programme, on the basis […]

JUSTICE submits response to the Sentencing Council consultation

July 18, 2019

On 9 July 2019, JUSTICE responded to the Sentencing Council consultation on its Sentencing Offenders with Mental Health Conditions or Disorders Guideline. Our 2017 Mental Health and Fair Trial report recommended that a sentencing guideline on mental health and vulnerability should be created. JUSTICE welcomes the Sentencing Council Guideline, which is a direct response to […]

Victor Nealon and Sam Hallam file application with European Court of Human Rights

July 9, 2019

On 30 January 2019, the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Hallam and Nealon v Secretary of State for Justice [2019] UKSC 1. It ruled that the statutory provisions governing eligibility for compensation of persons whose conviction for a criminal offence is reversed are compatible with the presumption of innocence […]

JUSTICE submits consultation response on the Online Harms White Paper

July 3, 2019

JUSTICE has provided a response to the Government’s Online Harms White Paper. Drawing on its Prosecuting Sexual Offences Working Party, chaired by HH Peter Rook QC. The Working Party concluded that preventing online offending from taking place must be a key part of the strategy in reducing the burden sexual offences are placing on the […]

JUSTICE response to Labour consultation

July 2, 2019

JUSTICE has provided a response to Labour’s Building an effective criminal justice system consultation. Drawing on its previous reports, the response highlighted JUSTICE’s belief that the criminal justice system must refocus its efforts to reduce offending, by placing a special emphasis on: (a) diversion from the criminal justice system; (b) effective participation; and (c) effective […]

JUSTICE submits Committee Stage briefing on Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill

June 12, 2019

JUSTICE submitted a briefing on the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill 2017-19 ahead of Committee Stage in the House of Lords. The Bill aims to establish an Online Procedure Rule Committee (“OPRC”), able to make Online Procedure Rules in relation to civil, tribunal and family proceedings. JUSTICE is broadly supportive of the Bill. In […]

New JUSTICE Working Party Report – Prosecuting Sexual Offences

June 10, 2019

On 10th June 2019, JUSTICE launches its latest working party report, Prosecuting Sexual Offences, chaired by HH Peter Rook QC. Recent years have seen a surge in sexual offence allegations. The uncovering of non-recent crimes, a rise in reporting, shifting cultural attitudes and the internet have all contributed to a large increase of cases entering […]