London Citizens and JUSTICE secure election promise on stop and search

April 29, 2021

London Citizens, a branch of community organising charity Citizens UK, have secured pledges from London Mayoral candidates to commission a £200,000 research project looking at the impact of stop and search Section 60 orders on Black communities and young Londonders.   On Wednesday 28 April, Sadiq Khan and Shaun Bailey pledged at an online assembly to look […]

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 launches timely report on racial disparities of children in the youth justice system

February 24, 2021

This Working Party of JUSTICE, which publishes its report Tackling Racial Injustice: Children and the Youth Justice System on 25 February 2021, seeks to examine the causes of BAME disproportionality in the Youth Justice System (YJS) of England and Wales. At most stages– from arrest to custody – the proportion of Black, Asian and Minority […]

Hearing update from R (Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

November 25, 2020

The UK Supreme Court heard this week (23 and 24 November) the cross appeals in the case of Begum, a case in which JUSTICE intervened by written submission. The case concerns Shamima Begum who, at the age of 15, left the UK for Syria. Ms Begum married an ISIL fighter and aligned herself with the terrorist […]

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 response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

November 18, 2020

JUSTICE has submitted a response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s call for evidence in relation to their inquiry into the Government’s Constitution, Rights and Democracy Commission. We have stressed that if a Commission is going to be set up, it should examine ways in which the rule of law and fundamental rights […]

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, […]