JUSTICE submits response to the Justice Committee’s Legal Aid Inquiry

November 3, 2020

JUSTICE submitted a response to the Justice Committee’s “Future of Legal Aid” Inquiry at the start of November 2020. Our contributions focused on civil legal aid, and included submissions on: how LASPO has impacted access to justice, citing particular issues with legal aid provision in family, housing and benefits disputes, in accordance with our discrete […]

JUSTICE submits response to the Independent Review of Administrative Law

October 26, 2020

In July the Government announced an Independent Review of Administrative Law to consider potential reforms to the substance of, and procedures for, judicial review. JUSTICE have submitted a response to the Review’s Call for Evidence shaped by an Advisory Group, chaired by Lord Dyson and comprising the following members: Zahra Al-Rikabi; Professor Gordon Anthony; Catherine […]

JUSTICE Response to Justice Committee Court Capacity Inquiry

October 23, 2020

The Justice Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into whether the number of sitting days available will be sufficient to clear the backlog of cases in the courts and what long-term solutions, including digital hearings, may be possible. We submitted a response, highlighting our work on the virtual jury trial as a possible solution. We […]

JUSTICE submits written evidence concerning the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

October 19, 2020

This written evidence addresses questions posed by the Joint Committee on Human Rights with respect to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill. The Bill amends the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, creating a statutory process for public bodies to authorise covert human intelligence sources to engage in criminal activities – including rape, […]

JUSTICE response to Judicial Mandatory Retirement Age consultation

October 16, 2020

JUSTICE has responded to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on the mandatory retirement age for judicial office holders. The consultation seeks views on whether the mandatory retirement age (which is currently 70) should be raised and, if so, whether it should be raised to 72 or 75. We are pleased that the Consultation recognises the […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing on the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill

October 5, 2020

This briefing addresses JUSTICE’s concerns with the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill. JUSTICE recognises the unique role and status of the UK’s armed forces, and the difficulties faced by service personnel. However, this Bill fails to support current and former service personnel whilst also depriving victims of serious crime to proper access to […]

JUSTICE press release on extending custody time limits

September 7, 2020

Today, the Government will lay temporary legislation extending custody time limits by 56 days for all new Crown Court cases from 28th September. These measures will remain in place for nine months. Custody Time Limits safeguard unconvicted defendants by preventing them from being held in pre-trial custody for an excessive period of time. Custody Time […]

Postponing event with Dame Cressida Dick DBE QPM

You will know that we had lined up Dame Cressida Dick DBE QPM for a conversation about her life in policing with our Director Andrea Coomber this October. Rather than hold it on Zoom, we have now agreed with Dame Cressida to postpone the event until sometime in 2021, when we can meet in person. […]

JUSTICE submits briefing to the Justice Committee Inquiry on the Coroner Service

September 3, 2020

This briefing responds to the Justice Committee’s call for evidence into the effectiveness of the Coroner Service and whether changes introduced under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 has helped improve the experiences of bereaved people and survivors who come into contact with the Coroner Service. The Committee’s website states: “The Committee’s inquiry will examine the […]

JUSTICE launches timely report on urgent reform for major inquests and inquiries

August 24, 2020

When a catastrophic event or systemic failure results in death or injury, the justice system must provide a framework to understand what happened and to prevent recurrence. This Working Party of JUSTICE, which publishes its report When Things Go Wrong: the response of the justice system, on 24th August 2020, seeks to address the erosion […]