New Justice Secretary must drop dangerous secret courts Bill

September 4, 2012

Commenting on the appointment of Chris Grayling as the new Justice Secretary in today’s Cabinet reshuffle, Reprieve’s Executive Director, Clare Algar said:

“This is a chance for the Ministry of Justice to drop its dangerous plans for secret courts. The Justice and Security Bill would allow the government to cover up its own involvement in serious crimes such as torture, while destroying centuries-old British legal freedoms.

“Ministers should not be given the power to kick the other side out of court simply in order to avoid embarassment – but this is precisely what this Bill would allow. A new Justice Secretary gives the Government the chance to think again, before tearing up the fundamental British principle of equality before the law.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. For further information, please contact Donald Campbell in Reprieve’s press office: +44 (0) 207 427 1082 / (0) 7791 755 415 / donald.campbell@reprieve.org.uk

2. Background information on the Justice and Security Bill can be found here: http://www.reprieve.org.uk/investigations/secret_justice