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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Watchdog warns over secret hearings – The Independent

“Government plans to extend the use of secret hearings in courts are not compatible with the Human Rights Act, the equalities watchdog has said.”

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The Independent, 31st October 2012

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Ken Clarke hits back over secret courts – The Guardian

“Clarke insists that under the justice and security bill nothing currently heard in open court would be moved to closed court.”

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The Guardian, 26th October 2012

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Terror suspects arrested in Somaliland lose UK appeal – BBC News

“Two men accused of being part of a ‘prolific extremist network’ have lost their appeal against control orders.”

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BBC News, 19th October 2012

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US ‘influenced British government’s decision to introduce secret courts’ – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2012 in bills, closed material, disclosure, intelligence services, news, terrorism, torture by tracey

“The US government and its intelligence agencies were influential in the UK government decision to introduce a highly controversial new generation of secret courts, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has told MPs and peers.”

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The Guardian, 16th October 2012

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New report heavily critical of secret justice plans ahead of controversial Bill – Amnesty International

Posted October 15th, 2012 in bills, closed material, disclosure, human rights, public interest, reports, trials by tracey

“The government’s plans for a substantial extension of the use of secret evidence in the justice system have been heavily criticised in a new Amnesty International report published today”

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Amnesty International, 15th October 2012

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Government plan for courts to sit in private is rejected – The Independent

Posted September 26th, 2012 in bills, closed material, news, private hearings by sally

“The Liberal Democrat leadership suffered an embarrassing defeat last night as activists rejected Government plans to allow some courts to sit in private to hear evidence relating to national security.”

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The Independent, 26th September 2012

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Time to untangle the debate over secret courts – UK Human Rights Blog

“Tomorrow (25 September), Liberal Democrats will debate the Justice and Security Bill and will vote on saying no to the Government’s controversial secret courts proposals. Played in the press as a good opportunity to put clear blue water between the coalition partners, the motion will give a party members a chance to speak out on a Bill which many see as an anathema to the traditional liberal commitment to open, fair and equal access to justice.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th September 2012

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