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 […]

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 […]

JUSTICE submits a response to the CPS consultation on Mental Health Conditions and Disorders

June 6, 2019

On 4 June 2019, JUSTICE responded to the CPS consultation on Mental Health Conditions and Disorders: Draft Legal Guidance. JUSTICE is pleased to respond to this consultation. In 2017, JUSTICE published its Mental Health and Fair Trial report, chaired by Sir David Latham. The report expressed concern about lack of appropriate guidance for prosecutors on when to […]

JUSTICE submits evidence to the Justice Committee

May 17, 2019

In March 2019, JUSTICE submitted evidence to the Justice Committee’s inquiry into the access to justice implications of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals (HMCTS) Reform Programme. Our Legal Director, Jodie Blackstock, will be speaking to JUSTICE’s evidence before the Justice Committee on the 25th of June. HMCTS embarked on a £1bn transformation programme in 2016, […]

Engagement opportunities for student members

February 14, 2019

In 2019, JUSTICE will be offering an increasing number of engagement opportunities for student members to contribute to the organisation. On a fortnightly basis, we will be inviting student members to draft case notes of interest. We will identify cases in areas of criminal, civil and administrative justice, as well as system wide reform, that […]

Administrative Justice Council (AJC) launch new website

February 5, 2019

The Administrative Justice Council has launched a new website today. This will be a be a vehicle for publicising the work of the Council, read the latest news and get to know the members of the different panels. The Administrative Justice Council (AJC) is the successor body to the Administrative Justice Forum which was abolished […]

Supreme Court rejects Strasbourg Court reasoning on the presumption of innocence

January 30, 2019

Today the Supreme Court gave judgment in two appeals, in which JUSTICE intervened, on whether the presumption of innocence is violated by the compensation scheme for people who have been wrongfully convicted of criminal offences. By a 5-2 majority the Justices concluded that the presumption of innocence is not affected by the test that the Secretary […]

New JUSTICE Working Party report ‘Understanding Courts’

January 25, 2019

On 25th January JUSTICE launched its latest working party report, Understanding Courts, chaired by Sir Nicholas Blake and supported by Allen and Overy LLP. This report seeks to place lay people at the heart of the justice system – across all courts and tribunals – so that these are places not simply where legal professionals […]

JUSTICE submits consultation response to the Ministry of Housing

January 23, 2019

JUSTICE submitted a response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Call for Evidence for a Housing Court. The consultation sought input from respondents on the experience of people using court and tribunal services in property cases, whether there was a case for a sole housing court and how the system could best […]