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

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

EU-Japan trade agreement on track to enter into force in February 2019

The European Commission welcomes today's approval in the European Parliament of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement. The trade agreement negotiated by the Commission is the first ever to include an explicit reference to the Paris climate agreement. It will create an open trading zone covering 635 million people and … Continue reading EU-Japan trade agreement on track to enter into force in February 2019

Vital ruling reasserts fundamental principle of client-lawyer confidentiality

The Court of Appeal ensures that clients seeking legal advice when they fear prosecution will have their confidentiality protected. So important a legal principle is the ‘legal professional privilege’ in a client’s communications with their lawyers that the Law Society of England and Wales intervened in the case – The Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural … Continue reading Vital ruling reasserts fundamental principle of client-lawyer confidentiality

Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

Today, the European Commission decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. The new Polish law on the Supreme Court lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, which puts 27 out of 72 sitting Supreme Court judges at risk of being forced … Continue reading Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court