Supergrass deals let 150 criminals walk free in secret – Daily Telegraph

“More than 150 criminals, potentially including terrorists, have been secretly given immunity from prosecution or discounted sentences for becoming supergrasses.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th April 2012

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Secret evidence proposals – time to reflect – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 11th, 2012 in closed material, damages, evidence, news, private hearings by sally

“On 19 October 2011 the Government’s published its proposals to extend closed procedures, as set out in its Justice and Security Green Paper (and covered by the post on this blog).”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th April 2012

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How will we even know a closed judgment exists? – The Guardian

“What proposals for closed hearings would mean for press freedom.”

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The Guardian, 4th April 2012

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Secret court hearings: Q&A – Daily Telegraph

“Ken Clarke wants to allow evidence to be heard in secret where it would compromise national security. Here we explain why there is such controversy over the Government’s plan to hold some court cases and inquests behind closed doors.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2012

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David Anderson QC backs closed hearings in some national security cases – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2012 in closed material, intelligence services, news, private hearings, terrorism by sally

“The independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has said there is a ‘small but indeterminate category of national security-related claims’ in which a closed hearing would be preferable to existing court procedures.”

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The Guardian, 21st March 2012

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Secret courts condemned – a threat to liberty and justice? – Legal Week

Posted March 13th, 2012 in closed material, criminal justice, news, private hearings, terrorism by sally

“Until this week, reaction to the Government’s green paper on ‘Justice and Security’ has been muted. It has taken the form of detailed and reasoned submissions and has tended to come mainly from organisations and individuals with a legal background. Writing on the UK Human Rights Blog, barrister Adam Wagner, somewhat despairingly, referred to the ‘sound of tumbleweed greeting secret civil trials proposals’.”

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Legal Week, 13th March 2012

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Algerian terror suspects win deportation appeal – BBC News

Posted March 7th, 2012 in appeals, deportation, news, private hearings, terrorism, torture by sally

“Home Secretary Theresa May has lost three appeals to the Supreme Court by suspected Algerian terrorists over their deportation back to Algeria.”

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BBC News, 7th March 2012

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Ken Clarke unsettled by criticism of secret courts plan – The Guardian

“The justice secretary, Ken Clarke, has admitted to being ‘unsettled’ by criticism from lawyers about his plans for extending secret courts.”

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The Guardian, 6th March 2012

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Secret civil court hearings ‘would put government above the law’ – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2012 in civil justice, closed material, news, private hearings, terrorism by sally

“Extending secret hearings into civil courts will undermine effective scrutiny of government operations in the ‘war on terror’, according to prominent civil liberties activists and lawyers.”

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The Guardian, 6th March 2012

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Clarke attempts to quell concerns over secret court hearings – The Independent

Posted March 6th, 2012 in closed material, news, private hearings by sally

“Kenneth Clarke has attempted to quell growing concerns over proposals to hold more court hearings in secret by saying the measure will only apply to a ‘tiny’ number of civil cases in ‘very limited circumstances’.”

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The Independent, 6th March 2012

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Secret court procedures could damage UK’s reputation, critics claim – The Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2012 in civil justice, closed material, criminal justice, news, private hearings by sally

“The UK’s reputation as a ‘free and fair democracy’ could be damaged by excessive use of secret court procedures that the government aims to introduce, Northamptonshire police has warned.”

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The Guardian, 16th February 2012

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Sound of tumbleweed greets secret civil trials proposals – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 14th, 2012 in consultations, news, private hearings by sally

“65 responses to the Justice and Security Green Paper consultation, which proposes introducing ‘Closed Material Procedures’ – secret trials – into civil courts, have been published on the official consultation website. According to the site there are potentially 25 more to come.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th February 2012

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More secret trials? No thanks – UK Human Rights Blog

“A child learns early that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it. Thankfully that principle does not apply to Government consultations and this is aptly demonstrated by the responses to the consultation into whether ‘closed material’ (secret evidence) procedures should be extended to civil trials.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st January 2012

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Extension of secret hearings would be “fundamentally unfair”, say Special Advocates – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 6th, 2012 in closed material, evidence, news, private hearings by tracey

“Government proposals to increase the number of court hearings held in secret, and in which parties can only see minimal evidence relied upon by the court, have been severely criticised by the ‘Special Advocates’ who play the central role in closed hearings.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th January 2012

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Should more trials be held in secret? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 1st, 2011 in consultations, evidence, intelligence services, news, private hearings, trials by sally

“There is just over a month left to respond to the Government’s consultation on the Justice and Security Green Paper. Responses have to be be sent via email or post by Friday 6 January 2012.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st December 2011

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Court of protection should be open to public scrutiny, says leading judge – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2011 in Court of Protection, news, private hearings by sally

“The tortuous decision-making processes of the most controversial – and intensely private – court in England should be opened up to public scrutiny, Sir Nicholas Wall, the head of the court of protection, says.”

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The Guardian, 6th November 2011

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Centuries of open justice threatened by secret courts – The Independent

Posted October 20th, 2011 in intelligence services, international relations, news, private hearings by tracey

“Secret justice looks set to be a regular feature of British courts and tribunals when the intelligence services want to protect their sources of information.  Civil courts, immigration panels and even coroner’s inquests would go into secret session if the Government rules that hearing evidence in public could be a threat to national security. The proposals, which run counter to a centuries-old British tradition of open justice, were introduced to a sparsely attended House of Commons yesterday by the Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke – and met almost no opposition. The planned changes to the British justice system follow lobbying of the Government by the CIA.”

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The Independent, 20th October 2011

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Ken Clarke plans secret court hearings to avoid revealing intelligence – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2011 in courts, disclosure, intelligence services, news, private hearings by sally

“Intelligence gathered by MI5 and MI6, even if obtained by torture, will never be disclosed in court proceedings under proposals published by the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2011

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Broadmoor patient becomes first to have his appeal heard in public – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2011 in mental health, news, private hearings, secure hospitals, tribunals by sally

“A man detained at Broadmoor high-security hospital has spoken of his ‘determination to get heard’ ahead of becoming the first psychiatric patient to have an appeal against detention open to the public.”

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The Guardian, 25th September 2011

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Broadmoor patient fighting for right to tell his story – The Independent

Posted September 23rd, 2011 in mental health, news, private hearings, secure hospitals, tribunals by tracey

“After two decades at the psychiatric hospital, Albert Haines is making legal history in his bid to be free. Jerome Taylor met him.”

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The Independent, 23rd September 2011

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