Justice

David Gauke is wrong about short prison sentences

19 February 2019 11:36

‘Short term custody isn’t inherently bad, but the way we do it is awful.’ I didn’t expect Justice Secretary David…

Scrapping juries in rape trials would be a mistake

23 November 2018 11:33

Juries, and the right to a fair trial, are under threat from the left. The latest attack came from Ann…

The sexism in our prisons the government is happy to ignore

27 June 2018 12:13

There is one form of female under-representation which no-one seems concerned about – the fact that a mere 4.5 per…

Liz Truss

Liz Truss attracts far more vitriol than her male non-lawyer predecessors. Why could that be?

21 July 2016 10:41

A politician with no legal training and limited experience of the legal world becomes Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor. The…

Why is the NHS ring-fenced but the justice system isn’t?

6 March 2015 10:24

Earlier this week, Sadiq Khan MP ‘admitted Labour could not reinstate £600m of legal aid cuts imposed by the government’. These…

‘Hang ’em high!’ – leftists for the death penalty, re Pistorius et al

23 October 2014 13:32

O, the fury of my Sisters over the risible punishment (I’ve seen longer sentences in Ulysses) handed out to Oscar…

Even rapist footballer Ched Evans deserves a second chance

16 October 2014 11:21

There has been a rumbling row for a while about Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans. He was found guilty of…

Chris Grayling is an advertisement for a Labour government

3 October 2014 13:39

Thank heavens for Ed Miliband, eh? The leader of the opposition remains the single most compelling reason to hope the…

Boris Johnson is not fit to be leader of the Tory party, never mind Prime Minister

25 August 2014 10:10

Awkward, especially here, I know, but there you have it. But, look, if any other high-profile politician were suggesting the…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…