Michael Gove “picks a fight” over the MoJ’s Saudi contract bid: the background

The overnight news was dramatic: the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, has “picked a fight” in Cabinet. And the subject of this political spat? It would appear that it is the commercial bid by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to assist the prison service of Saudi Arabia, something I have been blogging about … Read more

The story of the unfortunate MoJ and Saudi commercial proposal

This is the background story to my ongoing posts at the FT about the unfortunate contract proposal from the UK government to the government of Saudi Arabia, and what the deal tells us about who really has power in – and over – the UK polity. It is an unfinished story at the moment, as it is … Read more

The current criminal legal aid crisis: a timeline

The current crisis in criminal legal aid has many starting points; I have chosen the April 2013 consultation as the place to begin this chronology. This chronology is a work-in-progress.  The first draft of 19 July 2015 is incomplete; but rather than heed the counsel of perfection, it has been posted and will be updated/improved on … Read more

A new Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor

There is a new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice – but what difference does this make? In one way it is a welcome move.  The previous Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice – Chris Grayling – was not a success. This was not just because of the Treasury-driven cuts: those would … Read more

Grayling: the Lord Chancellor who told the High Court to disregard the Rule of Law

Today is the birthday of the current Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling.   With parliament dissolved and with a general election just weeks away, he may not be in post, or indeed in any ministerial office, much longer.  But that did not stop the High Court giving him a sort … Read more

MoJ refuses to disclose details of its commercial proposal to the Saudi state

The below has been received from the Ministry of Justice. It is a refusal to disclose anything to do with the MoJ’s proposal to provide services on a commercial basis to the Saudi state. Freedom of Information Request Dear Mr Green,  Thank you for your email of 16 January in which you requested the following information … Read more

Just Solutions international: a timeline

This timeline sets out and links to the public domain information about  the shadowy and curious “Just Solutions international” (“JSi” – complete with gimmicky lower-case “i”).   This timeline is intended to complement my substantive posts on JSi and will be updated from time to time. 2004 The Home Office publish the Carter Review, Managing Offenders, Reducing Crime: A New … Read more

The Ministry of Justice is telling people with learning difficulties that they are guilty unless they can prove themselves innocent

Easy Reads are a good thing.  Done properly, they can explain difficult concepts and complex processes to people who happen to have learning difficulties. But given this target audience, it is all the more important that Easy Reads are accurate as well as accessible. The UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has just published an Easy Read … Read more

The Ministry of Justice and the Saudis: ten more unanswered questions

At 10:46 this morning I emailed the following questions to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) press office for answers by 17:00 (for a follow-up piece to this detailed post on the serious conflict of interest created by the proposed MoJ commercial deal with the Saudi state): 1. Who is the Saudi representative at the [global law] summit? [MoJ … Read more

A conflict of interest: the Saudi state and the UK’s Ministry of Justice

#UK & #Saudi Ministers of Justice – Rt Hon Chris Grayling & Dr al Issa – sign mou on judicial #cooperationpic.twitter.com/JXqES7D8AI — UKinSaudiArabia (@UKinSaudiArabia) September 11, 2014 The proposed commercial deal between the Saudi Arabian state and the UK’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ) – whereby the Saudis will pay some £5.9 million for MoJ assistance for its punishment system – … Read more