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Justice

Abu Hamza. Image: Getty

The Abu Hamza case shows that Britain has outsourced terrorism trials

20 May 2014 20:05

It must seem awfully peculiar to Americans that it should take their courts to convict Abu Hamza on terrorism charges, including a kidnapping he orchestrated in Yemen which resulted in… Continue reading

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Books and the justice establishment

4 April 2014 8:43

Every politician who engages in major reform ends up with scars on their back. Tony Blair famously complained about those scars from grappling with the public sector, while Michael Gove… Continue reading

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Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Would prisoners kill for her wry, pungent volumes? Image: Getty

Would prisoners kill for Carol Ann Duffy?

30 March 2014 11:34

It is of course shocking that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling should ban prisoners from receiving books sent by their friends and relatives. We might all agree with author Philip… Continue reading

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How legal aid reforms are clogging up the courts

20 February 2014 18:27

Litigants in person – individuals representing themselves, rather than relying on a lawyer – have always been a feature in courts, and are the source of the aphorism ‘a lawyer… Continue reading

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Assertive Blair

18 August 1979: Second class justice for immigrants

17 June 2013 16:12

Since we launched The Spectator Archive, the most read piece has been the first ever published article by one Anthony Blair in 1979, before he switched to the more informal… Continue reading

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Lawyer-Sweep_SE

Harry Mount is wrong: Chris Grayling’s legal aid reforms will damage justice

9 June 2013 17:07

I just wonder how long Harry Mount has been waiting to put his boot into the Bar. Having a first-class degree from Oxford, membership of the Bullingdon Club and then… Continue reading

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Abu Qatada smiles as he evades deportation once again in April 2012. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

Countering Terrorism in Britain and France, by Frank Foley – review

4 June 2013 9:18

Have you ever wondered why we’re stuck with the radical cleric Abu Qatada? It’s a question the last four Home Secretaries will have asked as they battled, and failed, to… Continue reading

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Theresa May sent a letter to Tory MPs today explaining why the government won't support a call to limit the options of foreign criminals trying to avoid deportation. Picture: Getty

Theresa May tries to deter Tory uprising on foreign criminals

18 March 2013 22:27

MPs are hard at work in the Chamber tonight: once they’ve finished voting on the Leveson amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill, they’ll move on to everything else in… Continue reading

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The Conservative Party Spring Forum

Ministerial aides demand to support backbench vote on foreign criminals

18 March 2013 13:06

All eyes are on what’s happening with the cross-party amendments to two bits of legislation on Leveson, but this afternoon in the Commons there could well be another row on… Continue reading

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David Blunkett

Tory campaign on foreign criminals attracts huge support

12 March 2013 18:40

Dominic Raab’s proposal to stop jailed foreign criminals avoiding deportation on the grounds of a right to family life turns out to be very popular indeed among MPs. It’s got… Continue reading

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Modern slavery: it happens here

11 March 2013 10:01

Slowly but surely, British court cases are revealing a once great nation of abolitionists to be a shadow of its former self.  We often celebrate the nineteenth century anti-slavery movement… Continue reading

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An animal rights protester wearing an RSPCA hunting ban placard in 1988. Picture: Getty

Are campaigners using the criminal justice system to pursue their political agendas?

4 March 2013 13:12

Late last year a Judge in Oxford Magistrates’ court questioned the RSPCA for running up a legal bill of a third of a million pounds on a low-level case when… Continue reading

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'Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali had hoped to carry out a wave of suicide bombings in Britain which would have exceeded 7/7 and rivalled 9/11 in terms of impact and casualties.' (Stephen Munday/Getty Images)

What if the terrorists were Jews?

22 February 2013 15:00

‘Would you say the same thing about Jews? Gays? Or any other minority?’ This is one of the witless questions asked of anyone who writes about Islamic extremism.  And it… Continue reading

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Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie

Secret justice bill unites senior Tory and Lib Dem MPs

12 February 2013 11:10

Last week ministers managed to rewrite some of the protections in the controversial Justice and Security Bill while it was being scrutinised in committee: this week backbenchers MPs are starting… Continue reading

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RSPCA

As the most persistent private prosecutor, the RSPCA has questions to answer

29 January 2013 9:28

Parliament debating how laws are prosecuted is not a rare event, unless that is, MPs are pondering the role of the country’s most persistent private prosecutor. Alongside its role as… Continue reading

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Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie

Senior Tory mulls changes to secret courts bill

28 January 2013 16:15

After publishing a paper highly critical of the Justice and Security Bill this morning, Andrew Tyrie is now considering making amendments to the legislation, I understand. MPs in a Bill… Continue reading

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Justice and Security Bill

The secret courts bill won’t enhance justice or make us more secure

28 January 2013 12:04

‘That Britain allowed itself to be dragged into complicity in extraordinary rendition – the kidnap and torture of individuals by the state – is a disgrace. That, nearly a decade… Continue reading

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Wise_Monkeys

See no crime, hear no crime and speak no crime

28 January 2013 8:55

In the current issue of The Spectator, we put on the cover four words that sum up the coalition government’s approach to crime: pretend not to notice. Today’s Birmingham Mail… Continue reading

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David Cameron has agreed to draft legislation on the Leveson proposals. Picture: Getty

David Cameron defends secret courts

11 December 2012 20:50

It was striking that at today’s liaison committee session the Treasury Select Committee chairman chose not to ask the Prime Minister about the economy but the secret courts bill. In… Continue reading

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Chris Grayling gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee this morning.

Grayling defends stand-off with ECHR on prisoner votes

28 November 2012 14:55

Chris Grayling today defended the Government’s decision to square up to the European Court of Human Rights on prisoner votes. The Justice Secretary seemed to enjoy his hour and a… Continue reading

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Postmen bitten by dangerous dogs will be affected by the changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Picture: Getty

Ministers ward off Tory revolt on crime compensation

1 November 2012 15:39

The government has just managed to ward off another possible revolt in the House of Commons from Tory MPs. It failed earlier this autumn to get a revision of the… Continue reading

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David Cameron will today announce a 'tough but intelligent' approach to offenders. Picture: Getty

Cameron tries to show he’s still got it with tough crime announcement

22 October 2012 8:58

It’s clear the government has had a bad week when the Prime Minister pops up on a Monday with a crowd-pleasing policy announcement. Recent re-launches have been shared by senior… Continue reading

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BRITAIN-US-TERROR

Should British citizens expect British justice?

6 October 2012 12:02

The High Court yesterday issued a final ruling on the extradition of Abu Hamza and four other men saying they will be handed over to American authorities to stand trial… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat members voted for a motion calling on MPs and peers to oppose the Justice and Security Bill. Picture: Getty.

Lib Dem conference: leadership defeated on Justice and Security Bill

25 September 2012 18:20

As predicted earlier, the Lib Dem leadership has just suffered an embarrassing defeat on the conference floor this afternoon on a grassroots motion on the Justice and Security Bill. The… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats are about to debate their opposition to elements of the Justice and Security Bill. Picture: Getty.

Lib Dem conference: rebellion brewing on ‘secret courts’

25 September 2012 16:49

The Liberal Democrats do love a good policy motion, and the tradition at most party conferences is for the attending media circus to stay well away from the debates and… Continue reading

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