UK: Joint Committee on Human Rights: Legislative Scrutiny: Justice and Security Bill (second report)

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"We recommend that the Bill be amended to ensure that a full judicial balancing of interests always takes place within the CMP [closed material proceedings], weighing the public interest in the fair and open administration of justice against the likely degree of harm to the interests of national security when deciding which material should be heard in closed session and which in open session."

See: Full report (pdf)

On 27 Februrary, 702 legal professionals, including 38 QCs, urged the government to scrap the Bill in a letter to the Daily Mail. They argue that were it to be introduced, the Bill would "fatally undermine the court room as an independent and objective forum in which allegations of wrongdoing can be fairly tested and where the Government can be transparently held to account." See: Guardian and Daily Mail coverage (links)

See also: Statewatch analysis: UK Government’s “secret justice” Bill widely condemned (October 2012, pdf)

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