Phi Wire Hand Picked Politics - Live

  • Downing Street | PM: Delighted @flybe has today announced it’s investing in a new route, launchin...

    • source icon
    • 14:44
  • George Eaton | Tom Watson: shadow cabinet cowards should back Miliband or step down

    • source icon
    • 14:18
  • Downing St insist no military exports to Russia - £130 million-worth of arms is ...

    • source icon
    • 14:16
  • Ex-MEP Nicole Sinclaire charged with money laundering and misconduct in public o...

    • source icon
    • 14:14
  • All the nutters coming out of the woodwork today. Apparently Hamas isn't genocid...

    • source icon
    • 14:05
  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

Story Tracker

Select Story:

Secret courts 'could damage UK reputation'

Secret courts 'could damage UK reputation'
The Government's plan to allow secret court hearings in civil cases could damage the UK's international reputation for justice, the Law Society has warned.

The House of Lords is set to debate the Justice and Security Bill this afternoon, with reports suggesting the Government faces defeat over a number of amendments.

Former justice secretary Ken Clarke, who has retained responsibility for the plans, this morning urged peers to reject the "legalistic amendments", claiming the bill in its current form was vital to the UK's security.

But speaking to Central Lobby this afternoon, Law Society President Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said the plans for so called 'closed-material procedures' depart from the "essential principle" of justice and could damage the UK's reputation abroad.

"Whilst the government rightly takes a strong stance in respect of the importance of the rule of law globally, we fear that if passed, this Bill will adversely affect the UK’s international reputation for fair justice," she said.

“It is our belief that Closed Material Procedures (CMP) depart from an essential principle of natural justice which is that all parties are entitled to see and challenge all of the evidence relied upon before the court, and to combat that evidence by calling evidence of their own.

“In addition, CMPs also undermine the principle that public justice should be dispensed in public and will weaken fair trial guarantees and the principle of equality of arms. These are both essential concepts of the rule of law.”

Green Box: Secret courts 'could damage UK reputation'Click to open

+ Expand all - Collapse all

Recommended External Links

Full access for £22 a month...

PoliticsHome PRO Find out more

Latest PRO Content

On Air

Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio

Boris Johnson: I will pull out of tennis match fundraiser if opponent is Putin's 'crony'

4 hours ago on Sky News

David Ward: I was not condoning Hamas rocket attacks

6 hours ago on Breakfast, BBC Radio 5live

David Cameron: MH17 repatriation has been frustrating

6 hours ago on BBC Radio Scotland

See all On Air

Commons Reports

May announces four police reviews

22/07/2014