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The Justice and Security Bill

UK Government published Justice and Security Green Paper October 2011
Consultation closed January 2012
UK Government published Justice and Security Bill May 2012


  1. Security watchdog must be more independent of the Prime Minister

    Daily Telegraph, 05/02/14

    07 February 2014

  2. Cameron not practising what he preaches on transparency

    Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech to today’s ‘Open Government’ summit, in which he said “When we talk about transparency elsewhere, we’ve got to show it at home too,” and claimed that “Over the past three and a half years the Government I lead has been unprecedented in the information we’ve released,” Reprieve’s Executive Director, Clare Algar said: “David Cameron is right that we need transparency at home – but sadly, he isn’t practicing what he preaches."

    31 October 2013

  3. Parliament must stop secret courts wrecking British justice

    Commenting ahead of today's [Tuesday 26 March] consideration by the Lords of Commons’ changes to the 'Secret Courts' Bill, Reprieve's Executive Director, Clare Algar said: "Secret courts will mean the end to the British right to a fair trial as we know it, and will put the Government above the law.

    26 March 2013

  4. Lords to vote on restoring safeguards to plan for secret courts

    By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, March 26 2013

    26 March 2013

  5. Ken Clarke 'misled' parliament over secret courts bill

    By Mark Townsend, The Guardian, March 24 2013

    24 March 2013

  6. Supreme Court sits in secret to hear national security case

    By Francis Gibbs, The Times, March 22 2013

    22 March 2013

  7. 'A dark night for British justice'

    By Ian Dunt, Politics.co.uk, March 04 2013

    15 March 2013

  8. Secret courts bill expected to be passed

    By Tom Whitehead, The Telegraph, March 04 2013

    15 March 2013

  9. The march of secret justice: Minimum of 15 court cases a year to be held behind closed doors despite promise they would be 'rare'

    By David Rose, The Mail Online, March 02 2013

    15 March 2013

  10. Secret Courts: Campaigners Vow To Fight On

    Yahoo! News, March 5 2013

    05 March 2013

  11. Secret courts votes 'a dark night for British justice'

    Commenting on votes on the Government plans for secret courts (set out in the Justice and Security Bill) in the House of Commons tonight,Reprieve's Executive Director, Clare Algar said: "This has been a dark night for British justice.These plans for secret courts were always dangerous and unnecessary, but the failure of even minor attempts to modify the Bill means that it is even worse than when it first reached the House of Commons.

    04 March 2013

  12. UK Govt doesn’t know if Secret Courts could be used to restrict liberty

    Ken Clarke today contradicted his own ministerial colleagues over whether the Government’s plans for secret courts could apply to habeas corpus cases, where an individual’s liberty is at stake.

    04 March 2013

  13. Setting up secret courts 'would cost more than paying off terror suspects'... according to Government's own report!

    By Jason Groves, Mail Online, March 04 2013

    04 March 2013

  14. Commons backs plans for secret courts

    BBC News, March 04 2013

    04 March 2013

  15. Libyan 'rendition victim' Abdul Hakim Belhaj offers to settle UK lawsuit for £3 and apology

    By Jerome Taylor, The Independent, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  16. Libyan Rebel Wants £1 To Drop Rendition Case

    Sky News, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  17. Abdel Hakim Belhaj, Gaddafi Torture Victim, Willing To Settle For £3 And An Apology From UK Government

    PA, The Huffington Post UK, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  18. Libyan may settle 'torture' case for £3

    The Telegraph, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  19. Libyan torture victim's £3 settlement offer to UK government

    Channel 4 News, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  20. Secret court hearing plans pushed through by government

    By Juliette Jowit and Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  21. Secret courts plan faces Commons vote

    By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, March 03

    03 March 2013

  22. “No reason exists” to justify “inherently unfair” Secret Courts, say expert lawyers

    The Special Advocates, a group of expert lawyers who work in cases involving national security, have attacked the Government’s plans for secret courts, describing them as “inherently unfair and contrary to the common law tradition.”

    03 March 2013

  23. Secret courts aim to reduce ‘political costs’ & will cost millions, new Govt document reveals

    The Government’s plans for secret courts will cost millions more than they save and are aimed at reducing “reputation and political costs to the UK,” a new civil service assessment has revealed.

    03 March 2013

  24. Ken Clarke ‘thoroughly misleading’ over secret courts, says former prosecutions chief

    Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald has criticised Ken Clarke’s claims on the Justice and Security Bill as ‘thoroughly misleading.’

    01 March 2013

  25. Still no evidence secret courts needed, say MPs

    An influential Parliamentary committee today said that the Government is still failing to demonstrate the need for a proposed roll-out of secret courts across the British justice system.

    28 February 2013

  26. Eastleigh candidates challenged over secret courts

    The main candidates in the Eastleigh by-election have been challenged to set out their position on the Government’s plans to roll out secret courts across Britain’s civil justice system.

    27 February 2013

  27. 'The height of hypocrisy': Damian Green criticised for justice system transparency call as Government pushes through secret court proposals

    By Terri Judd, The Independent, February 19 2013

    20 February 2013

  28. 5 reasons to oppose the Government's Secret Courts plans

    Here are five key reasons you should oppose the Government's plans for Secret Courts, contained in the Justice and Security Bill.

    19 February 2013

  29. 'Friendly fire' case could be last of its kind heard publicly

    By Paddy McGuffin, Morning Star, February 19 2013

    19 February 2013

  30. Supreme Court hears military negligence claim in open – possibly for the last time

    Claims that Government negligence lead to the deaths of soldiers being heard by the Supreme Court today could in future be held in secret courts, should the Justice and Security Bill receive Parliament’s backing.

    19 February 2013

  31. Government ready to shine a light on illegal rendition

    By Frances Gibb, The Times, February 13 2013

    13 February 2013

  32. Ken Clarke’s comments on Secret Courts show alarming disregard for legal freedoms

    Commenting on Ken Clarke’s description of criticisms of the Secret Courts Bill as “legalistic hair-splitting,” which he made during today’s appearance before Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, Reprieve’s Executive Director, Clare Algar said: “This suggests that Ken Clarke either fails to understand the real concerns over this Bill...

    12 February 2013

  33. Ken Clarke fights amendments to security bill

    By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, February 12 2013

    12 February 2013

  34. Ken Clarke defends controversial plans for secret courts

    Terri Judd, The Independent, February 12 2013

    12 February 2013

  35. Government changes make Secret Courts Bill even worse

    Ministers were yesterday successful in pushing changes through a Parliamentary committee which would further strengthen their ability to make use of secret courts to defend themselves.

    06 February 2013

  36. Secrecy and moral hazard

    By Anthony Peto QC, thelawyer.com, February 4 2013

    04 February 2013

  37. Climbdown on secret courts not as it seems, campaigners claim

    By Tom Whitehead, The Telegraph, January 30 2013

    31 January 2013

  38. Secret courts: MPs to begin line-by-line battle over justice and security bill

    By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, January 29 2013

    31 January 2013

  39. Anger rises over 'secret justice' Bill

    By Brian Brady, The Independent, January 27 2013

    31 January 2013

  40. Justice and Security Bill secrecy amendments attacked

    By Dominic Casciani, BBC News, January 31 2013

    31 January 2013

  41. Police Spy Case Shows Threat of Secret Courts

    By Clare Algar, Huffington Post, January 23 2013

    31 January 2013

  42. Police Spy Case Shows Threat of Secret Courts

    Last week, lawyers for the police were partly successful in pushing a case concerning what has been described as the "sexual and psychological abuse of campaigners for social justice... by undercover police officers" into a secret tribunal, from which little if any evidence of just how this was allowed to happen will emerge.

    31 January 2013

  43. Government undermines Lords changes to secret courts Bill

    Ministers are attempting to roll back concessions won by the Lords over their plans for secret courts.

    29 January 2013

  44. Stop the Government’s plans for Secret Courts

    The Government is planning to roll out secret courts across the civil justice system which would destroy the centuries-old British right to a fair trial and help to cover up state involvement in serious crimes such as torture and rendition. Please help us stop these dangerous plans by writing to your MP to voice your opposition to Part 2 of the Justice and Security Bill.

    09 January 2013

  45. Rendition, Zero Dark Thirty and the brutal reality of Britain's secret services

    By Henry Porter, The Observer, December 16 2012

    22 December 2012

  46. Army widow hits out against secret justice

    By Marco Giannangeli, Sunday Express, December 16 2012

    22 December 2012

  47. Judges should decide secret courts, government accepts

    By BBC News, December 18 2012

    22 December 2012

  48. Ken Clarke fails to rule out need for secret courts in MoD cases

    By Owen Bowcott and Ian Cobain, The Guardian, December 18 2012

    20 December 2012

  49. U-turn on secret court controls means judges will be given full control on whether to set them up

    By Tim Shipman, The Daily Mail, December 19 2012

    20 December 2012

  50. Clarke admits secret courts could be used in cases where soldiers failed by MoD

    Ken Clarke, the minister responsible for the Justice and Security Bill, today admitted that the secret courts it proposes could be used in cases where forces families bring claims for negligence against the government.

    18 December 2012

  51. Secret courts opposed by army widow and torture victims

    The Government is to push ahead with plans for secret courts tomorrow, despite recent opposition ranging from the widow of a soldier who is bringing a negligence claim against the MoD to a family ‘rendered’ to Gaddafi’s Libya by UK intelligence.

    17 December 2012

  52. Secret Court Proceedings Defended By Cameron Amid Criticism From Civil Liberty Campaigners

    Huffington Post UK, December 11 2012.

    12 December 2012

  53. Cameron defends decision to block top civil service appointment

    BBC News, December 11 2012

    12 December 2012

  54. Cameron's secret courts claims hide Government's aim to avoid embarrassment

    Commenting on the Prime Minister's claims – in defence of the Justice and Security ("Secret Courts") Bill – that the Government is currently having to pay compensation because it cannot fight cases in court and sometimes has to settle with some "unsavoury people," Reprieve's Executive Director, Clare Algar said: "The reality is that the Government has settled cases because there has been clear evidence they were mixed up in serious human rights abuses."

    11 December 2012

  55. Secret courts must be stopped

    Last week, the House of Lords inflicted heavy defeats on the Government over the secret courts Bill. But unfortunately, the heart of these dangerous plans, which would put ministers above the law and deny justice to ordinary citizens, remains very much in tact.

    26 November 2012

  56. “Commitment to open justice underpins the rule of law,” says Supreme Court chief

    The President of the UK Supreme Court has given a speech emphasising the importance of open justice and publicly-available judgments – just as the Government continues with its attempt to push through secret courts plans which would threaten both.

    22 November 2012

  57. Secret Courts must be defeated altogether

    Ultimately, the only way to safeguard our centuries-old tradition of open and equal justice is to kick out these dangerous plans for secret courts altogether.

    21 November 2012

  58. Supreme Court added to secret justice plans meaning highest court in the land could be held behind closed doors

    By James Chapman, the Daily Mail, November 15 2012.

    20 November 2012

  59. Ex-MI5 head tries to justify secret trials

    By Paddy McGuffin, Morning Star, November 14 2012

    20 November 2012

  60. Government refuses to release legal advice on Secret Courts Bill, claiming “public interest better served by withholding”

    The Government is refusing to publish legal advice it has taken on whether its plans for secret courts conflict with the right to a fair trial, claiming that the “public interest” requires that it is kept secret.

    20 November 2012

  61. Clare Algar on BBC Radio 5 discussing the Justice and Security Bill

    Clare Algar, executive director of Reprieve, discussing the Justice and Security Bill on BBC Radio 5

    19 November 2012

  62. Cameron brushing aside ancient rights to fair trial & equality before law

    The Prime Minister seems determined to hamstring the courts when it comes to holding ministers accountable for their actions.

    19 November 2012

  63. Activists step up campaign against secret justice bill

    By Sam Masters, The Independent, November 11 2012

    13 November 2012

  64. Civil liberties stance over secret courts plan too simplistic, says Ken Clarke

    By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, November 2 2012

    13 November 2012

  65. Secret courts at odds with fair trial rights, says watchdog

    The Government’s plans for secret courts are incompatible with both the centuries-old common law right to a fair trial and the European Convention on Human Rights, a government watchdog has warned.

    31 October 2012

  66. MI6 accused of misleading MPs over Libya rendition

    Steve Swan, BBC News, 11 October 2012

    22 October 2012

  67. Jack Straw 'misled MPs over British involvement in secret rendition of Libyan suspects'

    Jack Doyle, The Daily Mail, 10 October 2012

    22 October 2012

  68. Jack Straw accused of misleading MPs over torture of Libyan dissidents

    By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 10 October 2012

    19 October 2012

  69. Judges will be “fettered” by Secret Courts Bill, admits Government reviewer

    The Government’s reviewer of terrorism legislation today agreed that British judges would be “fettered” by plans for secret courts currently before Parliament.

    16 October 2012

  70. The Secret Justice Bill will allow governments to conceal embarrassing information

    The Government’s claim that “nothing currently heard in open court could be heard in secret” under the Justice and Security Bill can only mean one of two things: either those responsible for the Bill are seeking to mislead the public, or they have failed to understand the full implications of the legislation.

    01 October 2012

  71. Why Lib Dems should vote against the secret courts bill on Tuesday

    Clare Algar: why Lib Dems should vote against the secret courts bill on Tuesday

    24 September 2012

  72. Government admits secret courts would protect it from bad publicity

    By Richard Norton-Taylor and Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, 24/09/2012

    24 September 2012

  73. Secret courts threaten justice for all

    Clare Algar, The Guardian, 14 September 2012

    17 September 2012

  74. Libya renditions revelations show Secret Courts Bill must be dropped

    A major new Human Rights Watch report on rendition published today "makes the case against the introduction of secret courts, which would cover up UK complicity in torture and rendition, stronger than ever."

    06 September 2012

  75. Cameron reshuffle brings critic of legal aid cuts into ministry of justice

    By Owen Boycott, The Guardian, 06/09/2012

    06 September 2012

  76. Why is new Justice Secretary not responsible for key justice Bill?

    Why is new Justice Secretary not responsible for key justice Bill?

    05 September 2012

  77. Tories keep Clarke on to push through secret trials Bill

    By Paddy McGuffin, The Morning Star, 05/09/2012

    05 September 2012

  78. New Justice Secretary must drop dangerous secret courts Bill

    A new Justice Secretary gives the Government the chance to drop its dangerous plans for secret courts, says Reprieve's Executive Director.

    04 September 2012

  79. Secret court proposals compared to superinjunctions

    By Ian Cobain, The Guardian, 19/08/2012

    22 August 2012

  80. Defend open justice

    Leader, The Daily Mail, 17/08/2012

    17 August 2012

  81. Secret inquest plan back from the dead: Ministers in plot to smuggle in law, claim civil liberties campaigners

    By James Slack, Daily Mail, 17/08/2012

    17 August 2012

  82. Secret trials to cover up Britain's role in torture

    By Paddy McGuffin, The Morning Star, 17/08/2012

    17 August 2012

  83. Government’s use of proposed secret courts may itself be secret

    The very existence of secret courts currently being legislated for by the Government may itself be a secret, it has emerged.

    17 August 2012

  84. The big questions: Was John Terry wronged? Do we need the Lords? And would you jail bankers?

    By Clive Stafford Smith, The Independent, 14/07/12

    16 July 2012

  85. The long, slow death of innocence

    By Clive Stafford Smith, New Statesman, 04/07/12

    16 July 2012

  86. Secret court proposals threaten habeas corpus safeguards, charity warns

    By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, 13/07/12

    16 July 2012

  87. Secret justice Bill could see people imprisoned without explanation

    The Government this week confirmed that plans for secret courts would extend to challenges against detention without charge or trial – known as habeas corpus proceedings.

    13 July 2012

  88. Why serious doubts remain over 'Secret Justice' plans

    By Kirsty Walker, The Daily Mail, 27/06/2012

    27 June 2012

  89. Government creating ‘straitjacket’ for judges with secret courts Bill, warn legal experts

    Expert lawyers today warned that the Government’s controversial plans for secret courts would create a “statutory straitjacket” for judges – contradicting ministers’ claims that judges will always have the “final decision” over the use of closed procedures.

    26 June 2012

  90. Government 'misunderstood' role of judge in secret courts bill

    By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, 26/06/2012

    26 June 2012

  91. Lawyers warn MPs and peers over secret courts plan

    By BBC News, 26/06/2012

    26 June 2012

  92. Listen to BBC's File on 4 on secret justice

    Listen to BBC's 'File on 4'-report on secret justice, including a comment by Reprieve's Legal Director Cori Crider, showing how closed proceedings will have serious consequences for individuals' basic human rights.

    22 June 2012

  93. Clarke sneaks in secret evidence plans

    By Paddy McGuffin, The Morning Star, 18/06/2012

    18 June 2012

  94. Lords warn Government over ‘Henry VIII’ powers in secret courts Bill – ‘concessions’ over inquests could be reversed

    A new House of Lords report has warned that measures in the Justice and Security Bill would allow ministers to reverse key ‘concessions’ – notably over inquests – which they claim to have made to controversial plans for closed courts.

    17 June 2012

  95. UK Lords condemn gov’t secret justice

    By Press TV, 16/06/2012

    16 June 2012

  96. Happy Birthday Magna Carta: To no one will we refuse or delay right or justice

    On this day in 1215, Magna Carta dared to suggest the King must obey our laws. Now, our Government seeks to put itself above them.

    15 June 2012

  97. Plans for secret hearings in civil courts attacked by Lords committee

    By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, 15/06/2012

    15 June 2012

  98. A question of balance

    By The Economist, 01/06/2012

    01 June 2012

  99. Time to stop paying out to terrorists, says Clarke: Bill will let security services fight unfounded compensation cases

    By Jack Doyle, The Daily Mail, 30/05/2012

    30 May 2012

  100. Listen to Ken Macdonald discuss the Justice and Security Bill on BBC Radio 4

    Ken Macdonald - the Chair of Reprieve's Board of Trustees - talks about why the newly published Justice and Security Bill threatens Britain's centuries-old tradition of open justice.

    29 May 2012

  101. FactCheck: Secret justice?

    By Cathy Newman, Channel 4, 29/05/2012

    29 May 2012

  102. Watch Clare Algar talk about the Justice and Security Bill on BBC News

    Reprieve's Executive Director Clare Algar talks about the new Justice and Security Bill, and explains why it should be rejected altogether.

    29 May 2012

  103. Teenage rendition victim protests Ken Clarke's plan for 'secret court' hearing of her family's case

    A teenager who was rendered at age twelve by the UK to Gaddafi's Libya has compared Ken Clarke's secret court plans to her experience of 'justice' under Gaddafi, whereby the Security Services would "whisper in the ear of the judge" evidence used to convict her father.

    29 May 2012

  104. Government scraps 'secret inquests' plan

    By BBC News, 29/05/2012

    29 May 2012

  105. Nick Clegg wins fight to remove closed inquests from 'secret justice' bill

    By Owen Bowcott and Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 29/05/2012

    29 May 2012

  106. The Justice and Security Bill: unaccountable government and unfair courts

    The Justice and Security Bill has been published today. The government claims to have made significant concessions. In fact, none of these touch the heart of the bill, which is designed to place our Security Services above the law and keep torture and rendition out of open court.

    29 May 2012

  107. Secret justice plan stalls just days before unveiling after row into whether inquests should be included

    By James Chapman, The Daily Mail, 23/05/2012

    23 May 2012

  108. Dangerous secret justice plans will still cover up Government wrongdoing

    Responding to Justice Secretary Ken Clarke’s defence yesterday of the Government’s proposals for secret courts, in which he stated that “We’ll make it the judge that makes the decision,” and claimed, “When I announced what I was proposing last October there was no fuss, everybody agreed,” Reprieve’s Executive Director, Clare Algar said:

    21 May 2012

  109. Court television plan revealed in Queen's Speech

    By BBC News, 09/05/2012

    09 May 2012

  110. Queen’s Speech secret justice plans will put Government above the law

    Responding to the plans for 'secret justice' and closed courts set out in the Queen's Speech today, Reprieve's Executive Director, Clare Algar said:

    09 May 2012

  111. Fury at 'secret justice' plan in Queen's speech

    By Neil Millard, The Sun, 09/05/2012

    09 May 2012

  112. Every email and computer click to be stored in huge expansion of surveillance state unveiled in the Queen's Speech

    By Rick Dewsbury, The Daily Mail, 09/05/2012

    09 May 2012

  113. Queen's speech: plan for secret hearings in civil courts brought forward

    By Owen Bowcott and Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 09/05/2012

    09 May 2012

  114. Con-Dems unveil secret justice plans

    By Paddy McGuffin, Morning Star, 09/05/2012

    09 May 2012

  115. It's not just torture victims who should fear the 'justice and security' green paper

    Progress has been made in holding people to account for rendition to Libya, but plans for secret justice are a move in the wrong direction

    19 April 2012

  116. It's not just torture victims who should fear the 'justice and security' green paper

    By Clare Algar, The Guardian, 18/04/2012

    18 April 2012

  117. Smoke and mirrors in the British battle over ‘secret justice’

    British spies are trying to change the rules of the game so certain trials would never see the light of day. If they succeed, torture victims might never win.

    11 April 2012

  118. Justice and Security Green Paper: JCHR Report

    The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has released a report, rejecting the Government's proposals in the Justice and Security Green Paper as "inherently unfair".

    10 April 2012

  119. Justice at risk in terror war

    By Marco Giannangeli, The Daily and Sunday Express, 08/04/2012

    08 April 2012

  120. Smoke and Mirrors in the British Battle Over ‘Secret Justice’

    By Cori Crider, The Daily Beast, 06/04/2012

    06 April 2012

  121. No need for secret justice say CIA spies: U.S. 'would never hold back terror intelligence from Britain'

    By Tim Shipman, The Daily Mail, 05/04/2012

    05 April 2012

  122. Watch Clare Algar talking about secret justice on Channel 4 News

    Reprieve's Executive Director explains why the the Government's Green Paper on Justice and Security must be dropped.

    05 April 2012

  123. Listen to Clare Algar talking about secret trials on BBC Radio Wales

    Reprieve's Executive Director Clare Algar explains why the Green Paper on Justice and Security undermines centuries-old principles of British justice.

    05 April 2012

  124. Listen to Ken Macdonald QC discussing the Green Paper on Justice and Security on BBC PM

    Reprieve's Chair explains why the government's plans for secret courts are both unnecessary and unfair.

    05 April 2012

  125. Watch Clare Algar talking about secret justice on the BBC

    Reprieve's Executive Director Clare Algar discusses the Green Paper on Justice and Security.

    05 April 2012

  126. Government plans to hold more secret court hearings attacked as 'unfair' and 'dangerous'

    By Terri Judd, The Independent, 04/04/2012

    04 April 2012

  127. Clegg opposes secret trials plans

    By ITV News, 04/04/2012

    04 April 2012

  128. David Cameron defends secret court hearing and surveillance proposals

    By Patrick Wintour and Ian Cobain, The Guardian, 04/04/2012

    04 April 2012

  129. Listen to Clare Algar talk about secret justice on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Executive Director of Reprieve, Clare Algar, talks about the government's plans to hold trials in secret, and why this should not replace a perfectly good justice system already in place.

    04 April 2012

  130. Clare Algar: Secret courts plans must be dropped altogether

    Reprieve's Executive Director Clare Algar comments on the Deupty Prime Minister's intervention in the debate over the Government's secret justice plans

    04 April 2012

  131. JCHR report exposes flimsy basis for Justice Secretary Ken Clarke's secret justice plans

    The Joint Committee on Human Rights has today attacked the Government’s Green Paper on Justice and Security for using “vague predictions” and “spurious assertions” to justify dangerous changes to the legal system.

    04 April 2012

  132. Secret justice 'not crucial to U.S. ties': Elite lawyers dismiss argument for court restrictions

    By James Chapman and Tim Shipman, The Daily Mail, 28/03/2012

    29 March 2012

  133. Reprieve attacks 'myths' used to justify secret trials

    By Paddy McGuffin, Home Affairs Reporter, The Morning Star, 27/03/2012

    28 March 2012

  134. 9/11 case that 'highlights the danger of secret court plan': U.S. intelligence used similar powers to hide failings, claims Tory MP

    By James Chapman, The Daily Mail, 28/03/2012

    28 March 2012

  135. US acted to conceal evidence of intelligence failure before 9/11

    By Ian Cobain, The Guardian, 27/03/2012

    28 March 2012

  136. David Davis' revelations show why secret justice plans must be stopped

    Commenting on MP David Davis' speech to the House of Commons tonight, in which he outlined how the US and UK have attempted to suppress embarrassing information in the name of 'national security,' and challenged the Government over its plans set out in the Green Paper on Justice and Security, Reprieve's Executive Director, Clare Algar said: "This demonstrates just how ready the intelligence services are to cry national security in order to cover up their own embarrassment."

    27 March 2012

  137. The spooks' conversion of David Anderson QC

    By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 27/03/2012

    27 March 2012

  138. New report on Binyam Mohamed v Foreign Office: the myth of the ‘leaky’ case and why the security services want us to believe it

    Reprieve has today released an analysis of the case of Binyam Mohamed v Foreign and Commonwealth Office aimed at debunking the dangerous myths around the case.

    27 March 2012

  139. Response to David Anderson's comments on the secret justice green paper

    "Having failed to win the public argument the security services have retreated to the secret lunch. This is not an acceptable basis on which to simply junk our centuries-old tradition of open justice."

    21 March 2012

  140. Furtive briefings by MI5 and the Government's BIG LIE over secret justice

    By David Rose, The Mail Online, 17/03/2012

    19 March 2012

  141. Secret Court Hearings For 'Embarrassed Intelligence Agencies'

    The Huffington Post, UK, 12/03/2012

    19 March 2012

  142. AGENCIES 'AVOIDING EMBARRASSMENT'

    The Express (online edition), 12/02/2012

    19 March 2012

  143. Opposition grows to “chilling” plans for secret justice

    The disturbing potential of the government's plans to extend secret justice across the country's civil courts has hit the headlines, with the Mail, Times, Guardian, Independent and FT all united in condemnation.

    15 March 2012

  144. Clarke in 'secret' hearings row

    The Press Association, Google News, 14/03/2012

    15 March 2012

  145. Lord Macdonald: Ministers wrong on CIA secret justice fears

    Martin Beckford, Home Affairs Editor, 13/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  146. Agencies 'avoiding embarrassment'

    Belfast Telegraph, 13/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  147. Doubts growing among MPs over plans for secret justice as chilling reality of system is revealed for first time

    By James Chapman and Kirsty Walker, The Daily Mail, 13/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  148. Lib Dem Conference Must Focus on Secret Justice Plans

    By Clare Algar, Huffington Post, 09/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  149. The Independent View: why proposals for secret trials should be opposed

    By Clare Algar, Lib Dem Voice, 09/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  150. Inquests MUST be open says British Legion chief who fears secret justice plans would 'compound grief of bereaved'

    By James Chapman, The Daily Mail, 09/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  151. Clarke's concerns: spies and satisfying the Americans

    By Richard Norton Taylor, The Guardian, 06/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  152. Ken Clarke defends 'secret' hearings

    By Wesley Johnson, The Independent, 06/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  153. Clarke 'most unsettled' by backlash over plans to extend secret court hearings

    By James Chapman, The Daily Mail, 07/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  154. Fresh blow to ministers who want the power to have trials held in secret

    By Frances Gibb Legal Editor 01/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  155. Clarke backs secret trials in face of ‘unique’ threat

    By Frances Gibb, Legal Editor, The Times 05/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  156. Open court a security risk, says Clarke

    By Francis Gibb, Legal Editor, the Times 07/03/2012

    14 March 2012

  157. Leading article: Secret justice is no justice at all

    Leader, The Independent, 08/03/2012

    08 March 2012

  158. Ken Clarke unsettled by criticism of secret courts plan

    By Owen Bowcott and Ian Cobain, the Guardian, 07/03/20121

    07 March 2012

  159. ‘Secret trials could increase security risk’

    By Frances Gibb, The Times, 06/03/2012 (paywall)

    07 March 2012

  160. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke “unsettled” by expert lawyers’ opposition to secret justice – he must now act

    The Justice Secretary today admitted that he was “unsettled” by the response of a group of expert lawyers to the Government’s controversial secret justice plans.

    06 March 2012

  161. Clarke attempts to quell concerns over secret court hearings

    By Wesley Johnson & Tom Lawrence, PA/The Independent, 06/03/2012

    06 March 2012

  162. Ken Clarke defends 'secret court cases' proposals

    BBC News, 06/03/2012

    06 March 2012

  163. Clarke quells 'secret justice' fear

    Press Association, 06/03/2012

    06 March 2012

  164. Outrage of 7/7 families over secret courts plan: 'Cynical scheme would let security services hush up their errors'

    By Sam Greenhill and Keith Gladdis, the Daily Mail, 05/03/2012

    05 March 2012

  165. Mr Cameron and the threat to open justice

    Daily Mail editorial, 03/03/2012

    05 March 2012

  166. Justice and security green paper: silence in court

    Guardian editorial, 03/03/2012

    05 March 2012

  167. Cameron defies the critics over controversial plans to bring in secret courts, despite warnings it will undermine democracy

    By Jason Groves, the Daily Mail, 03/03/2012

    05 March 2012

  168. Ministry of Justice sounds warning over secret hearings

    By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, 05/03/2012

    05 March 2012

  169. Government secret justice plans may cost millions and endanger security, warns Ministry of Justice

    The Government’s own assessment of its plans for secret courts has warned that they could cost an extra £11 million every year, and lead to a “higher risk of potential security breaches.”

    05 March 2012

  170. Secret courts condemnded - by the very lawyers who would have to run them

    By James Chapman, the Daily Mail, 02/03/2012

    02 March 2012

  171. Parties unite against secret injustice: Horrified MPs and peers condemn Clarke's plan for court cases behind closed doors

    By James Chapman and Kirsty Walker, the Daily Mail, 01/03/2012

    01 March 2012

  172. Government faces revolt over "secret justice" expansion

    By James Orr, the Daily Telegraph, 01/03/2012

    01 March 2012

  173. This chilling threat to liberty and justice

    Daily Mail editorial, 29/02/2012

    29 February 2012

  174. Secret justice and an abuse of power: Alarm at Government's plan to allow controversial court cases and inquests to be heard behind closed doors

    By James Chapman, the Daily Mail, 29/02/2012

    29 February 2012

  175. Listen to Ken Macdonald QC on BBC Today discussing the Justice and Security Green Paper

    Reprieve's Chair and the former Director of Public Prosecutions tells the Radio 4 Today programme why the Coalition's plans for a new secret justice system effectively put the Government above the law.

    28 February 2012

  176. Secret justice plans threaten to 'put Government above the law,' warns former prosecutions chief Ken Macdonald

    The former Director of Public Prosecutions has today warned that the Government's plans to introduce secret court proceedings in civil cases are an audacious attack on Britain's justice system, and risk placing the Government above the law.

    28 February 2012

  177. Say no to secret justice

    We need your help to confront the British Government's assault on open justice – please raise your concerns with your MP.

    07 February 2012

  178. Justice and Security Green Paper: Dinah Rose QC Atkin Memorial Lecture

    Beef and Liberty: Fundamental Rights and the Common Law

    16 January 2012

  179. UK Government defends new system to suppress torture allegations

    Foreign Secretary William Hague is today expected to defend proposals by the UK Government, set out in the Justice and Security Green Paper, which would increase the use of secret proceedings in British courts, and close off the legal route by which evidence of British complicity in torture first came to light.

    16 November 2011

  180. British Government seeks to ban legal principle which led to release of torture evidence in Binyam Mohamed case

    Today the Coalition Government published a Justice and Security Green Paper proposing major reforms to how government and intelligence agents supply evidence to British courts. The proposals are highly dangerous in terms of how they affect the British legal system and the position of victims of torture and abuse.

    19 October 2011

  181. Justice and Security Green Paper

    Reprieve opposes this Justice and Security Green Paper, published by the Government on 19/10/11

    19 October 2011

  182. Timeline: Justice and Security Green Paper

    A timeline of events leading up to the publication of the government's Green Paper on secret evidence.

    18 October 2011

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