UK Justice

The Criminal Courts Charge Is an Injustice to Every British Citizen

Tulip Siddiq | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Tulip Siddiq

This affront to our legal system is plain for all to see. Michael Gove must make good on his promise and listen to the cries of judges, barristers, magistrates and - most importantly - the vulnerable. There may be a need to save costs, but this is a price too high to pay.

A Question of Incompetence

Robin Lustig | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Has there ever been a Cabinet minister more inept than Chris Grayling, the leader of the House of Commons? He is a man who can be utterly relied upon to get things wrong, a man whose lack of judgement and staggering incompetence defy belief.

UK Judicial System Fails Transgender Female Inmate

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

Imagine a society in which a 26 year old transgender female, who has lived her whole entire life as a woman, and undergone 6 years of gender reconstructive surgery to finally feel emotionally content in her own skin, committed a minor crime, and was sent to one of the countries toughest prisons to serve her 12 week sentence. Sounds barbaric, doesn't it? Wouldn't happen in the UK? Well unfortunately that's not the case.

Following the Evidence to Reduce Reoffending

Jerry Petherick | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Jerry Petherick

From Texas to Tasmania, penal systems around the world are asking profound questions about the purpose of prisons and the balance that society demands between punishment and rehabilitation.

Shaker Aamer and Our Responsibility

Baroness Jones | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

We need to know exactly what the US government - and the UK government, which has been complicit in the 'rendering' of British and other nationals to Guantanamo - has done, so we can hold them to account. For all of us, the fight for justice for Shaker, his wife and children, is far from over.

The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of a UCL Rent Striker

Jamal Thomas Rizvi | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jamal Thomas Rizvi

Six months after the strike began, we finally have what we deserve. We didn't let UCL walk all over us despite their significant resources. We made ourselves heard and as a result, we are now being compensated for our full third term's worth of rent - £1,638 each.

Human Rights Accountability - When a Swimming Pool Visit Ends in a Police Van

Sanchita Hosali | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics
Sanchita Hosali

On 2 October 2000 our Human Rights Act became law, protecting universal human rights across the UK. Fifteen years on, this October BIHR has organis...

Yes, We Still Need Feminism in 2015

Julian Norman | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Norman

For those who say we have equality, that we don't need feminism: yes, we do. A voting card was not a certificate of achievement; it was the starting gun for an endurance event. We need feminism for ourselves, we need it in memory of those women, and we need it for the safety of our daughters.

Magistrate Shows Asylum Seeker 'Compassion', Ends Up Being Suspended

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK

A magistrate has been praised for trying to help cover the cost of a destitute asylum seeker's court fee - something that led to him being suspended a...

Some Thoughts on Encouraging Reflective Self-Critique for Human Rights Activists & Advocates and Seekers of Social Justice

Noam Schimmel | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Noam Schimmel

I find myself asking these questions and being concerned with the issues they raise in relation to my human rights advocacy and social change efforts and those of others.

People Could Use Drones To Smuggle Guns And Drugs Into Prisons

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK

The use of drones with the potential to drop drugs and firearms into prisons, is an “emerging threat”, an intelligence expert has warned. Accor...

Pensioner Prisoners - New Regimes for an Aging Population

Jerry Petherick | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK
Jerry Petherick

The prison population, in common with the rest of the UK, is aging. Recent figures show that in 2002 just over one in 20 prisoners was aged 50 or ove...

Jeremy Corbyn's Campaign Has Already Succeeded In Returning Decency and Compassion To the Political Mainstream

John Wight | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

For far too long we have been accustomed to a political culture shorn of compassion, decency, and solidarity. We're all familiar with the script: a leader, or prospective leader, is someone who isn't afraid to 'make the tough choices', 'tell us how it is', 'be unpopular', 'take the hard rather than the easy decisions', etc, etc.

An Agenda for Change

Jacob Tas | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jacob Tas

Investment in communities is essential for any government. Nacro and other organisations like us change lives and transform communities. Our work is difficult and complex. It is rooted in working with individuals and communities to move people forward and help people to see and reach their potential.

Justice Is a Team Effort

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

I had the great pleasure and privilege to chair an extremely high-powered debate on justice a few days ago. Dozens of judges and magistrates, senior...

Campaigners Are Claiming Victory Against The Snoopers' Charter

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK

Civil liberties campaigners have claimed a victory against a proposed expansion of authorities' power to spy on your phone calls and online activity a...

Fees On 'Barrier To Justice' Set To Be Reviewed

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Politics

Employment tribunal fees are set to be reviewed by the Government following claims the charges are deterring employees taking legitimate action agains...

I'd Rather Be a Hatton Garden Jewel Thief Than a Banker

John Wight | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
John Wight

The amount involved in the Hatton Garden heist is said to be around £200million. Compared to the £122billion in taxpayers money trousered by the banks in response to the financial crisis caused by their greed and recklessness, it's a mere drop in the ocean.

Is a Labour Victory Actually Possible? - Some Heretical Thoughts

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

As the graph shows, two party politics has been slowly dying since the 1950s. However our electoral system continues to make it surprisingly easy for one party to form a Government. But, if this pattern continues, then Government - all Governments - will increasingly lack legitimacy.

Say Goodbye To The Human Rights Act Now The Tories Are In Charge

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics

Michael Gove, the new Justice Secretary, is wasting no time pushing forward with controversial Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. Gove has r...

Celebrity S**ts in Bucket / Prisons in Crisis

Georgia Brown | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Georgia Brown

My dad is in maximum-security prison after an unreliable career in armed robbery. He already served ten-years and was finally promoted to an open prison - you know the ones - the kind we reserve for our white-collar criminals like celebrity politicians Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken. Annoyingly my dad didn't write a best seller in the last few months of his stretch...

The High Price of Justice

Adam Hamdy | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

n the Joel Schumacher classic, Falling Down, William Foster, played by Michael Douglas, passes a man protesting the fact he has been categorised as "not economically viable". Swathes of British society have been categorised in this way by the Conservatives and they are slowly being ground into the dirt. And now they might end up in court faced with the prospect of a crippling bill for simply exercising their ancient right to plead innocent.

Top Five Tips for Making the Most of the Skoll World Forum

Asim Haneef | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
Asim Haneef

I've previously heard some people refer to the Skoll World Forum in Oxford as the 'Oscars of Social Enterprise' - an annual glitzy affair with celebrities and influential figures coming from across the globe to celebrate themselves and drink champagne...

Legal Aid Team: An Animated Response to the Legal Aid Cuts

Jade Jackman | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jade Jackman

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Justice for All Relies on Culture as Well as the Law

Andy Hansen | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK
Andy Hansen

If we want to build a safer and more prosperous world, there needs to be a rapid, massive and sustained increase in the number of people who have access to justice.