Secret courts: MPs to begin line-by-line battle over justice and security bill – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2013 in bills, civil justice, closed material, news, private hearings by sally

“Key amendments to government plans to expand secret courts may have reassured many Liberal Democrats MPs but do not give enough ground to satisfy civil liberties groups.”

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The Guardian, 29th January 2013

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Judges given final say on secret justice – Daily Telegraph

“Judges will decide whether civil cases involving national security can be heard in secret in a climbdown by the Government.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th January 2013

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Secret courts ‘unjust’ warns Law Society – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 24th, 2013 in civil justice, closed material, news, private hearings by sally

“Extending secret courts to ordinary civil justice cases would see the UK ‘stoop to the level of repressive regimes’, the Law Society warns today.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th January 2013

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Treasury presses supreme court to consider secret evidence in bank case – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2013 in banking, closed material, evidence, Iran, news, sanctions, Supreme Court by sally

“The Treasury is urging the supreme court to consider secret evidence for the first time when it hears an appeal by an Iranian bank against sanctions imposed on it by the British government.”

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2013

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Torture claim redactions ‘show dangers of secret courts’ – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2013 in bills, closed material, news, private hearings, torture by sally

“Two versions of a highly sensitive military witness statement – initially substantially withheld, then later revealed – illustrate the dangers of government plans to expand secret courts, according to campaigners.”

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The Guardian, 10th January 2013

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Ken Clarke fails to rule out need for secret courts in MoD cases – The Guardian

“Secret court hearings could be used when the families of soldiers who die as a result of Ministry of Defence failures pursue compensation claims, the minister responsible for the justice and security bill has admitted.”

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The Guardian, 18th December 2012

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UK pays £2.2m to settle Libyan rendition claim – BBC News

Posted December 14th, 2012 in closed material, compensation, Libya, news, rendition, torture by tracey

“The UK government has agreed to pay £2.2m ($3.5m) to a Libyan dissident and his
family who say MI6 was involved in their illegal rendition.”

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BBC News, 13th December 2012

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David Cameron hints at change of heart in secret courts policy – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2012 in bills, closed material, evidence, judiciary, news, private hearings by sally

“The government could be preparing to back down over whether judges or ministers should have the final say on legal evidence being heard in secret.”

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The Guardian, 11th December 2012

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Are secret courts one step closer? – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2012 in bills, closed material, news, private hearings by sally

“The government’s battle to introduce more secrecy to British courts returns to Parliament on Wednesday – but after a series of heavy defeats for ministers over the issue, are they, in fact, actually winning?”

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BBC News, 28th November 2012

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Secret Courts remixed: any better than the original? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 27th, 2012 in bills, closed material, human rights, news, private hearings by sally

“This coming Wednesday sees the end of the first stage of the Justice and Security Bill’s passage into law. The Bill which would introduce Closed Material Procedures (CMP) – where one side of a case is excluded with his legal team and represented by a security cleared special advocate in cases involving national security – has become widely known as the Secret Courts Bill. Its progress has been closely scrutinised in this blog over the past six months.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th November 2012

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Secret courts suffer humiliating defeat in House of Lords – Daily Telegraph

“Peers delivered a series of humiliating defeats on Wednesday night to government plans to introduce secret courts.”

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The Guardian, 21st November 2012

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Ken Clarke defends ‘secret courts’ proposal – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2012 in bills, closed material, intelligence services, news, private hearings by sally

“Ken Clarke has defended his proposals to allow judges to hear evidence relating to national security in secret, saying the current law ‘does not work well’ in civil claims.”

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The Guardian, 19th November 2012

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These plans for secret hearings are unfair and implausible – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2012 in bills, civil justice, closed material, news, private hearings by sally

“The government wants to use secret evidence to counter claims against it. This would undermine the rule of law.”

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The Guardian, 18th November 2012

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Lawyers say Clarke’s justice bill smacks of repressive and undemocratic regimes – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2012 in bills, closed material, evidence, legal profession, news, private hearings by sally

“Secret trials and withholding evidence are reminiscent of ‘repressive regimes and undemocratic societies’, the legal profession warns in a letter opposing the government’s justice and security bill.”

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The Guardian, 17th November 2012

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Crucial battle against UK ‘secret courts’ begins in earnest – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2012 in bills, closed material, intelligence services, news, parliament, private hearings by sally

“The House of Lords on Monday is due to vote on one of the most contentious but important pieces of legislation to come before this parliament.”

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The Guardian, 14th November 2012

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Former MI5 chief General Baroness Manningham-Buller backs proposals for judges to hear intelligence evidence in secret – The Independent

“Intelligence relationships between the UK and other countries could be ‘seriously jeopardised’ unless judges are allowed to hear evidence in secret, a former MI5 chief has said today.”

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The Independent, 14th November 2012

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Secret courts plan is radical departure from open justice, says committee – The Guardian

“Secret court hearings should protect only the identity of UK intelligence officers, their sources and security material provided by foreign allies, a critical parliamentary report warns.”

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The Guardian, 13th November 2012

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Government says mounting damages claims support case for secret courts – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2012 in closed material, damages, evidence, human rights, news, private hearings, torture by sally

“Seven fresh claims for damages involving highly sensitive national security evidence have been made in the past year, the government has revealed. Three cases have been settled confidentially.”

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The Guardian, 12th November 2012

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Civil liberties stance over secret courts plan too simplistic, says Ken Clarke – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2012 in bills, closed material, human rights, intelligence services, news by sally

“Civil liberties groups are being too ‘simplistic’ and purist in their opposition to the government’s justice and security bill, Ken Clarke has said.”

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2012

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Secret courts plan may be incompatible with Human Rights Act says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted November 1st, 2012 in bills, civil justice, closed material, human rights, news, private hearings by sally

“The government’s plans for a new generation of secret courts faced a fresh setback on Wednesday when its own human rights watchdog warned the proposals could be incompatible with the law”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2012

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