UK Justice

Justice Delayed

Richard Bentwood | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Richard Bentwood

What should concern us all though, is a new class of injustice creeping into the system and one which not only can the Courts not deal with, but is one which is created by the Courts themselves. The problem is one of listing.

Residence Test for Legal Aid Will Deny Access to Justice

Sarah Teather | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

Some might think this doesn't matter. Some may point out that thousands of pieces of law are made is this way every year. However, very few, if any, pieces of secondary legislation will have such far reaching consequences as the residence test for civil legal aid.

Debt Collection: The Shameful Face of Modern Britain

Hugh Salmon | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

21st Century Britain, where debt collectors operate above the law.

Guantanamo: The First Postmodern Institution

Tom Johnson | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Future horizons shine flecked with gold and freedom in the American dream. The continued existence of Guantanamo tarnishes it with blood.

New Figures Reveal Damaging Impacts of Drastic Cuts on Prisons

Juliet Lyon | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

Rocketing prison numbers, a shocking surge in assaults and deaths by suicide in custody, fewer staff, less constructive activity and unacceptably high reconviction rates are the flashing warning lights that Ministers must heed.

Justice Armageddon as Court of Appeal Destroys Accuseds' Right to a Proper Defence and a Fair Trial

Philip S Smith | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK
Philip S Smith

It is impossible to overstate the serious implications of a Court of Appeal decision this week which spell disaster for the administration of British justice.

The Government's Legal Aid Cuts Are Leaving Vulnerable People With Nowhere to Turn

Sadiq Khan | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

Recently, the Government unveiled plans to shave a further £220million off criminal legal aid, generating considerable opposition from across the profession and in charities and campaign groups. Ministers have fought a clever guerrilla campaign. They've salami sliced bit by bit to mitigate the short-term impact of their plans. They successfully divided and ruled the legal profession. They've smeared legal aid lawyers as fat cats and made out legal aid is only used by unworthy criminals. Needless to say, the truth is rather different.

Freddie Starr Case Proves 'Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied' - The Law Must Change

Philip S Smith | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Philip S Smith

Their life is in limbo, they cannot make professional or personal plans with confidence since they are unaware as to how the investigation will proceed and with what end result. Their careers will invariably be rudely interrupted. The potential domestic impact is obvious.

Sri Lanka - UN Inquiry Just the Start of a Long Road to Justice

Frances Harrison | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

Sri Lankan human rights activists campaigned hard for an independent international commission of inquiry into war crimes during the end of the conflict in 2009. Last month members of the UN Human Rights Council did finally vote to set up an inquiry. To many governments it looks as if the issue of accountability is now being dealt with by the UN and they can put their minds at rest and move on.

Time to Bid Farewell to the Cowboy Bailiffs

Chris Grayling | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Grayling

New laws introduced this weekend will outlaw the frankly disgraceful behaviour we've seen from some of the dubious characters who have gathered in this industry. We're ending the situation where any old thug can turn up and work as a bailiff. From now on everyone working in the industry will have to be properly trained and certificated before they get started - and if they break our tough new rules they will have that certification taken away. All of this will clean up the industry and protect people from aggression and exploitation.

Imprisonment for Public Protection Is a Stain on Our Justice System

Juliet Lyon | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

It is shaming to have so many people locked up in our prisons, not for what they have done but for what they might do in the future. This is not to mention the costs to the public purse of holding thousands of people in prison beyond their tariff expiry date.

My Pledge: 'I'm a Woman, Hear Me Roar'

Leyla Hussein | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

I have the privilege to share my thoughts whether it is out of anger, frustration or happiness. Although theoretically I've always known this is a privilege, I have only now understood how precious this freedom is. In my recent work, I met women and girls who cannot think freely, let alone speak out...

Bringing Up the Bodies in Darfur

Olivia Warham | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is bad enough that the international community averts its eyes from the state-sponsored horror that persists in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan... We compound Darfur's suffering by failing to use our leverage in the region to ensure Bashir faces justice at the ICC.

Moazzam Begg: A Call for Justice for Freedom

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

The unjust arrest of Moazzam Begg, a director at the campaign group CAGE and prominent Muslim human rights advocate, has sparked an unprecedented number of supporters calling for justice for his right to freedom.

Eating to Death and Bad Arguments Against Paying for NHS Treatment; Or, Injustice Shapes Our Behaviour

George Iordanou | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Iordanou

Surely you must know the adverse effects of bad diet and no exercise. Why should the taxpayer pay for what is, ultimately, the exercise of your freedom of choice? This is the question that Jeremy Paxman asked the former NHS chief Sir David Nicholson, when Nicholson went to Newsnight to describe his transition from being the head of the NHS to becoming yet another NHS patient with diabetes.

The Shameful Role of PCS Union Members In the Widespread Bullying of Benefit Claimants

John Wight | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

It is unconscionable that any self respecting trade union would allow its members to engage in the wilful and systematic sanctioning of benefit claimants without meaningful resistance. It flies in the face of the very principle of social solidarity that is the cornerstone of a movement founded on the understanding that the interests of working people - employed and unemployed - are intrinsically the same.

Should Celebrities Facing Sex Offence Trials Be Granted Anonymity Until They Have Been Tried?

Phil Hall | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Hall

There is in my view an increasing argument to allow the accused to remain anonymous just like their accusers, at least until after they have been found guilty or cleared of wrongdoing. There is also an increasing case that says the internet must be policed and offenders who are deliberate spreading lies brought to book.

Marking V-Day , FGM and Sex

Leyla Hussein | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

The same way I have come across women who have had type 3 FGM and can enjoy sex, I have come across women with type 1 who are terrified of it. FGM is an act of sexual violence and its emotional impact cannot be separated from the physical so easily.

Bedroom Tax - Finally Killed by Plain Old Common-Sense?

Rob Atkinson | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

The Bedroom Tax - the most ill-conceived, misbegotten, malicious and counter-productive piece of misguided legislation since - well, since the Poll Tax - may just have been dealt a fatal blow by a Tribunal judge wielding the trusty old sword of common-sense.

Justice Must Not Be Dulled By Wrinkles

Jemma Wayne | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

The time has come for the role of international courts to evolve and take a greater part. Our own governments must facilitate and demand this. And respond to humanitarian need. If the question is 'are we our brother's keeper?' the answer must be a resounding 'yes'.

Britain Neglecting Citizen in Unfair Congo Murder Trial, Lawyer Says

Simon J Clark | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Simon J Clark

The UK government is neglecting a British former soldier who is losing an unfair murder trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the suicide of his cellmate and friend, his lawyer said.

European Arrest Warrant Is a Vital Weapon in the Fight Against Crime

Tim Farron | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

What do attempted London bomber Hussain Osman, child abductor Jeremy Forrest and drug-smuggling gangster Mark Lilley all have in common? Well, aside from having been some of Britain's most-wanted criminals, they were all captured and brought back to face justice in the UK thanks to the European Arrest Warrant, which saw its tenth anniversary earlier this month.... All across the country, the European Arrest Warrant has been used to track down criminals and obtain justice for victims of crime and their relatives.

Lawyers Stage Historic Mass Walkout Over Drastic Legal Aid Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Lawyers, ever careful with their language, are definitely not calling this a strike. But criminal courts across England and Wales face severe disru...

'100-Year Sentence' Dodges Euro-Law

PA/Huffingtonpost | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Murderers and those convicted of other serious offences could be given sentences lasting hundreds of years to sidestep European regulations that ban w...

Britain's Legal System Shines in the Face of Adversity

James Snell | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Less than a week ago, the family of a man killed in horrific circumstances had to relive their traumatic experiences. The relations and friends of Lee Rigby had been in the Old Bailey since the beginning of the trial of the men accused of murdering him, and one must hope that the guilty verdict delivered to his killers can go some way towards lessening the pain of his death.