JUSTICE submits response to the Ministry of Justice on the Sentencing White Paper

November 5, 2020

On 16 September 2020, the Secretary of State for Justice brought before the House of Commons a White Paper titled ‘A Smarter Approach to Sentencing’. While JUSTICE commends the aims of certain policy proposals, there nevertheless remain several points of concern which we would invite the Government to address through consultation. By way of background, […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing to Lords on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill

November 4, 2020

This briefing addresses JUSTICE’s concerns with the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill. The Bill would amend Part II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and allow public bodies to authorise covert human intelligence sources (“CHIS”) to engage in criminal activities – including rape, murder and torture – with impunity. JUSTICE would welcome […]

JUSTICE to intervene in UK Supreme Court appeal in the case of Begum

November 3, 2020

JUSTICE has been granted permission to intervene by written submissions in the UK Supreme Court appeal in the case of Begum. The Court is considering whether (1) a fair and effective appeal can take place without Begum being granted leave to enter the UK to take part in the substantive Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) […]

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

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 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 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 […]

Nealon & Hallam v Secretary of State for Justice

August 6, 2020

The Appellants have applied to the European Court of Human Rights for the court to review whether the test for compensation for miscarriage of justice that applies in England and Wales violates the presumption of innocence protected by Article 6(2) ECHR. JUSTICE has sought permission to intervene and is awaiting whether the Court will hear […]