European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

Yesterday, the European Commission decided to take the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, by sending a reasoned opinion regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the new disciplinary regime undermines the judicial independence of Polish judges and … Continue reading European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

Right to challenge state decisions must be meaningful

The rule of law requires that a person must be able to challenge decisions made about them by the state, the Law Society of England and Wales said following news of legal aid awarded for Shamima Begum to challenge the home secretary’s decision to strip her of her citizenship. “The award of legal aid in … Continue reading Right to challenge state decisions must be meaningful

The European Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU

The European Commission is launching a reflection process on the rule of law in the European Union and setting out possible avenues for future action. The Communication presented today takes stock of the available tools to monitor, assess, and protect the rule of law in the Union. It also looks back at the experience of … Continue reading The European Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU

No deal a good deal for criminals Law Society warns

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in four weeks’ time cross-border criminals will have much to celebrate, the Law Society of England and Wales said today. “When it comes to criminal justice and terrorism we currently operate in a climate of co-operation with the 27 other countries that make up the EU … Continue reading No deal a good deal for criminals Law Society warns

New EU rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another Member State as of today

As of today, new EU rules to cut costs and formalities for citizens living outside their home country will start to apply across the European Union. Currently, citizens moving to or living in another EU country must obtain a stamp to prove that their public documents (such as a birth, marriage or death certificate) are … Continue reading New EU rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another Member State as of today

Justice in England and Wales on its knees as crisis escalates in the wake of years of neglect

People accused of crimes in England and Wales have a diminishing chance of seeing justice as the criminal justice system slides further into crisis due to years of underfunding and neglect. “The reputation of our justice system - one of England and Wales’ most precious assets - is in great danger at a time when … Continue reading Justice in England and Wales on its knees as crisis escalates in the wake of years of neglect

Realism and justice needed to shape future immigration system

The rule of law depends on an immigration system that is fair and fit for purpose, the Law Society of England and Wales said, following publication of the government’s Immigration White Paper. “Britain’s future immigration system must be as fair, robust and transparent as it is streamlined,” Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said. “The root … Continue reading Realism and justice needed to shape future immigration system