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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 Avatarsuzanne fletcher 1st Nov - 1:09pm
    we seem to be forgetting that although it is said to be Italy's decision, it is Italy that is bearing the brunt of boats heading...
  • User AvatarHelen Tedcastle 1st Nov - 1:03pm
    Richard Church ' ...and they are clearly saying that they do not want to be pigeonholed by people who are desperate to defend continuing religious...
  • User AvatarStephen Donnelly 1st Nov - 12:53pm
    Nothing against an overseas appointment, but there must be someone outside the London establishment able to chair this enquiry. Are there no people from a...
  • User AvatarPeter Chegwyn 1st Nov - 12:48pm
    In answer to Simon's question, three at best, one at worst. And Simon is absolutely right to say that instead of gloating about Labour's problems...
  • User AvatarStephen Donnelly 1st Nov - 12:43pm
    Inevitable result of dispirited members who have little interest in the narrow target strategy, and a clique ridden structure that prevents new blood becoming involved.
  • User AvatarStephen Donnelly 1st Nov - 12:40pm
    I question whether there is a role for government to play here.