Our Work in 2018

JUSTICE had another busy year in 2018. Here are some of our highlights:

Working Parties

On 5 June 2018 the Working Party report Preventing Digital Exclusion from Online Justice was launched, chaired by Amanda Finlay CBE. The report makes practical recommendations to ensure that necessary support is an integral feature of the digital justice system and continue to work with the reform programme to instil a user focussed approach. The report makes 19 recommendations in total – mostly directed at HMCTS.

Our first Working Party report from Scotland titled Legal Assistance in the Police Station was launched on 7 June 2018, chaired by Lord Eassie. The report identifies that a concerning number of suspects in Scotland – around 70% – continue to waive the right to receive legal assistance at the police station, seven years after it was introduced, and six months after recent legislation re-affirmed the right. Moreover, of those who request legal assistance, only around 25% receive this in person at the police station and during police interview. This means that solicitors are providing telephone advice, but far less often, personal attendance at the police station. The report makes 17 recommendations seeking to improve informed and effective exercise of the right to legal assistance.

In July 2018 JUSTICE published our Working Party report Immigration and Asylum Appeals – a Fresh LookChaired by Sir Ross Cranston, the report looks at the determination processes in immigration and asylum cases and how these might be reformed in the context of the HM Court & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) Reform Programme. With the benefit of evidence from a wide range of expert consultees, and working with the judges, HMCTS, the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office throughout, the report formulates 48 practical recommendations for change.

Events

JUSTICE had an active calendar of events in 2018. These included:

January

February

April

  • The report Supporting Exonerees: ensuring accessible, continuing and consistent support was launched at White & Case LLP. The report was  launched with a panel of experts discussing the issues faced by exonerees following the quashing of their convictions, with an introduction from Barry Sheerman MP, chair of the APPG on Miscarriages of Justice.
  • A long-time supporter and now Council member of JUSTICE, Lord Dyson spoke about his life in the law in conversation with Andrea Coomber at our members-only event on 25th April 2018 at Macfarlanes LLP.

May

June

July

October

  • Sir Christopher Greenwood GBE CMG QC gave the 2018 Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Until recently the UK judge at the International Court of Justice, Chris’ lecture was on ’International Law and Justice’.
  • JUSTICE held it’s annual  Human Rights Law Conferencewhere The Rt Hon David Lammy MP joined us as our keynote speaker. The programme for the event focused on a number of topics including access to justice, climate change, national security, Brexit and modern day slavery.
  • A fundraising lunch for JUSTICE in conjunction with the Foundation for Australia and New Zealand Arts was held on 25th October at Spring Restaurant, where Geoffrey Robertson AO QC was our guest speaker.

November

December

Party Conferences
The Future of Legal Aid, Court reform, rights and the rule of law, and how to make the justice system work better were this year’s discussion topics at the fringe events. JUSTICE organised fringe events at the Liberal DemocratsLabourConservative and Scottish National Party Conferences in the Autumn of 2018.

JUSTICE staff also spoke at numerous meetings, seminars, university law fairs and other events across the UK and beyond throughout 2018.

We are immensely grateful to all the JUSTICE members and invited experts who assisted in these activities during the year. Without your support our work would not be possible.


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