Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021

March 23, 2021

Last year, the Ministry of Justice announced its ‘Smarter Approach to Sentencing’ White Paper, to which JUSTICE responded with recommendations relating to remand and bail in the Youth Justice System, based on the findings of its recently launched Working Party report, ‘Tackling Racial Injustice: Children and the Youth Justice System’. This month, the Government brought […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing and suggested amendments to the Lords on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill for Committee Stage

November 20, 2020

This briefing addresses JUSTICE’s concerns; namely, that the Bill would allow public bodies to authorise undercover operatives (“CHIS”) to engage in criminal activities – including rape, murder and torture – with impunity. JUSTICE would welcome placing existing Security Services’ Guidelines on a statutory footing. We believe that it is important that such measures are transparent, […]

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 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 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 submits a briefing on the Domestic Abuse Bill

April 27, 2020

This briefing addresses the long-awaited Domestic Abuse Bill. JUSTICE welcomes the Bill and recognises the critical opportunity it presents to address the barriers faced by victims of domestic abuse, including those faced when attempting to access the justice system. Facilitating proper and effective participation of victims in legal proceedings is of fundamental importance in a […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing on the emergency Coronavirus Bill

March 20, 2020

This briefing addresses the emergency Coronavirus Bill, ahead of Second Reading in the House of Commons on the 23rd March 2020. We fully appreciate the pressure Government is under in responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus and understand that the measures proposed in this Bill are for the carefully considered extension of State power […]

JUSTICE submits a briefing on the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill 2019-20

February 7, 2020

JUSTICE submitted a briefing on the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill 2019-20 ahead of Second Reading in the House of Lords on 4 February 2020. The Bill amends Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003, which deals with extradition to non-EU territories with which the UK has formal extradition arrangements. Its provisions create a new power of arrest […]