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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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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