Law and policy round-up – legal aid crisis, judicial review, CPS, Beghal and terrorism

23rd July 2015

Legal Aid Crisis

Today is the big meeting between the MoJ and four groups representing criminal legal aid lawyers – my post on this here at Jack of Kent.

Yesterday there was a “Save Legal Aid” protest at Westminster Magistrates’ Court:

 

Judicial Review

The government has announced a consultation on “reform” of judicial review, so as to make it more “transparent”.  In fact, the government is seeking to make it even more difficult for judicial review claims to be brought.  Judicial review is the means by the High Court can check unlawful actions by public bodies; it is no wonder that governments seek to limit its scope.

 

Crown Prosecution Service

An interesting post by “the Secret Barrister” on the under-funding of the Crown Prosecution Service.  You don’t have to be a fan of the CPS to see that it not being properly funded is not going to make it perform any better.

 

Terrorism

In Beghal [2015] UKSC 49the Supreme Court held that the notorious schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 was compliant with human rights law.  Some of the Justices had reservations, but on the whole this is another case to show how weak the UK courts are at upholding fundamental rights.

The Appellants were represented by Matthew Ryder QC:

David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, tweeted:

 

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