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Jo Shaw asks… Is there a way out of the Secret Courts mess?

It’s a strange and rare thing for a Liberal Democrat to be pinning her hopes for a civil liberties victory on a combination of government bad faith, Conservatives of principle voting the right way and Labour sticking to their guns. Yet that combination, combined with the votes of Lib Dem MPs, could offer a lifeline for those campaigning to defeat secret courts contained in the Justice and Security Bill.

The Bill is now in Committee in the Commons. At the last possible moment the government published its proposed amendments to the Bill. The government line is that these amendments clarify the …

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The Independent View: National security is paramount but ‘secret courts’ are an illiberal attack on British justice

Supreme Court - Some rights reserved by cphoffman42In September 2012, the Liberal Democrat Conference voted overwhelmingly against the most contentious aspect of the government’s Justice and Security Bill – the extension of ‘secret courts’, otherwise known as Closed Material Procedures (CMPs), into civil courts.

This would allow ministers to submit a CMP application to a judge that material relating to national security be withheld from the defendant/claimant and their legal team despite being used as evidence. As Andrew Tyrie MP and Anthony Peto QC explain in “Neither Just nor Secure”, published today by the Centre for Policy Studies, this is worrying because “in an adversarial system such as the English one, the right to know and challenge the opposing case is not merely a feature of the system, it is the system”.

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  • User AvatarGlenn 10th Oct - 1:28pm
    This is not what actually happened. The conservatives got 24 per cent of the potential vote, That's how many people they appeal to. Their vote...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 10th Oct - 1:22pm
    @ eis Loretto, I don't see those echos that you mention. True, the issue was about the Union Jack and about how often it should...
  • User AvatarDavidW 10th Oct - 1:17pm
    @Caron: do the lib dems believe there should be a referendum or not? I thought lib dem policy was there needs to be an in/out...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 10th Oct - 12:52pm
    Caron, For goodness sake, don't rubbish the Remain campaign before it's started! As to where the women are, let's not get hung up on proportionality....
  • User AvatarMartin Tod 10th Oct - 12:03pm
    @Peter @Jennie That is already the policy (as passed by regional conference) of the South Central region.
  • User AvatarRoland 10th Oct - 12:02pm
    Interesting times! The LibDem's in looking to outsource this service are going to come face-to-face with the new reality of privacy and data protection, that...