Abdel Hakim Belhaj torture case may be heard in secret court – The Guardian

“One of the first cases to be heard by the government’s new generation of secret courts may be a claim brought by a Libyan dissident who was kidnapped along with his pregnant wife and flown to one of Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2013

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Fair inquest for Litvinenko impossible, judge warns – The Independent

“Hearing in danger of collapse after British Government’s accused of evidence cover-up.”

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The Independent, 17th May 2013

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Last-ditch bid to dilute secret courts plan fails – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2013 in bills, closed material, evidence, judiciary, news, private hearings by tracey

“A new generation of secret courts will be established in law within weeks after a last-ditch bid to water down controversial government plans failed in the House of Lords.”

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The Guardian, 27th March 2013

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Justice and Security Bill: The “Secret Courts” Endgame? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 26th, 2013 in bills, closed material, news, parliament, private hearings by sally

“Today we will see the beginning of the end of the passage of the Justice and Security Bill through Parliament: the process commonly known as parliamentary ‘ping-pong’.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th March 2013

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Lords to vote on restoring safeguards to plan for secret courts – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2013 in bills, closed material, news, parliament, private hearings by sally

“Peers vote on Tuesday on whether to restore extra safeguards to the justice and security bill – amendments that the government has warned will make the expansion of secret courts unworkable.”

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The Guardian, 26th March 2013

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Ken Clarke ‘misled’ parliament over secret courts bill – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2013 in bills, closed material, habeas corpus, news by sally

“Conservative cabinet minister Ken Clarke has been accused of misleading parliament as confusion mounts over the government’s plans to introduce secret courts ahead of this week’s crucial vote in the House of Lords.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2013

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Lords plan parliamentary ‘ping pong’ to win battle over secret courts – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2013 in bills, closed material, news, parliament, private hearings by sally

“Peers intend to change justice and security bill as it shuttles between houses of parliament, government is warned.”

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The Guardian, 21st March 2013

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Supreme court rules it can examine secret judgements by lower courts – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2013 in closed material, evidence, news, private hearings, Supreme Court by tracey

“The supreme court has ruled for the first time in its history that it can examine secret judgments given by lower courts.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2013

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Supreme Court could use secret evidence in landmark case – Daily Telegraph

“The Supreme Court could use secret evidence in a ruling for the first time in a landmark case this week despite previously banning such material from civil courts.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2013

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Philippe Sands quits Lib Dems in protest at support for secret courts – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2013 in bills, closed material, news, political parties, private hearings by sally

“The prominent international lawyer Prof Philippe Sands QC has resigned from the Liberal Democrats in protest at the leadership’s support for expanding the use of secret courts.”

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The Guardian, 11th March 2013

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Britain’s most senior judge takes aim at gender imbalance – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2013 in closed material, diversity, evidence, judges, judiciary, news, women by sally

“The stereotypical image of judges as male and white may be so deeply entrenched that there could be an ‘unconscious bias’ against women, the United Kingdom’s most senior judge has suggested.”

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The Guardian, 5th March 2013

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Why secret justice is bad for Britain – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 5th, 2013 in bills, civil justice, closed material, news, private hearings by sally

“As Parliament prepares to vote on the Justice and Security Bill today, Terry McGuinness outlines why Closed Material Procedures (CMP) are an affront to open justice.”

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Garden Court Chambers Blog, 4th March 2013

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Secret court hearing plans pushed through by government – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2013 in bills, civil justice, closed material, news, private hearings by sally

“The government pushed through its plans for secret court hearings on Monday night, defeating amendments tabled by the Labour frontbench with significant majorities.”

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The Guardian, 4th March 2013

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Secret courts plan faces Commons vote – The Guardian

“MPs will vote on Monday on the final form of the government’s justice and security bill, which radically expands the use of so-called secret courts.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2013

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Campaigners unite against secret courts – The Guardian

“An alliance of more than 100 human rights groups, legal experts and free press campaigners has called on MPs to vote against government plans for ‘secret courts’ – branding them “a charter for cover-ups” that will seriously undermine the principles of British justice.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2013

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Secret courts: Former top judge Lord Woolf backs government changes – BBC News

“The former head of the judiciary, Lord Woolf, has thrown his support behind plans to allow more civil courts to examine secret intelligence in private.”

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BBC News, 4th March 2013

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Libyan politician offers to settle UK lawsuit for £3 and an apology – The Guardian

“A Libyan politician who is suing the former foreign secretary Jack Straw and the British government for damages after being kidnapped and taken to one of Gaddafi’s jails has offered to settle the case for just £3, providing he also receives an unreserved apology.”

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The Guardian, 4th March 2013

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Kenneth Clarke’s plans for secret courts savaged by lawyers – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2013 in bills, closed material, criminal justice, news, private hearings, public interest by sally

“Controversial government plans to introduce a new generation of secret courts have been dealt a major blow after hundreds of lawyers attacked them as ‘contrary to the rule of law’.”

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The Guardian, 28th February 2013

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Ken Clarke fights amendments to security bill – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2013 in amendments, bills, civil justice, closed material, human rights, news, private hearings by sally

“Judges should be given the ‘maximum amount of discretion’ in deciding whether or not to order a secret court hearing under the justice and security bill, Ken Clarke has told MPs and peers.”

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The Guardian, 12th February 2013

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Justice and Security Bill: no balance, no public interest – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 31st, 2013 in bills, closed material, news, public interest, select committees by sally

“The government’s Justice and Security Bill has this week entered a new phase of debate in the House of Commons as it is considered in detail by a 19-member Public Bill Committee over the next month. The critics of this Bill – and there are many – argue that it will make ‘secret justice’ a standard part of our legal process. The latest set of amendments proposed by the government were revealed yesterday and within them lies a crucial and unjustifiable secrecy provision. The significance of the amendments becomes apparent when one looks at how the Bill has progressed so far.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th Janaury 2013

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