Closed - Secret justice: ask your MP to oppose the Justice and Security Bill
Update 14 February 2013: This action is now closed. Many thanks to all of you who wrote to your MP, urging them to oppose this damaging Bill.
About the Bill
The UK Government is trying to get a Bill through Parliament which would put some of our most fundamental rights at risk. The Justice and Security Bill would allow the government to hide the truth and withhold justice from everyone in the UK.
The House of Lords amended the Bill in November to introduce certain safeguards, but these represent only a small step towards ensuring principles of fair and open justice are protected. The legislation would still introduce the use of secret hearings, which are fundamentally unfair, into the civil justice system. This is unnecessary as there are already mechanisms in place for handling sensitive materials.
Even if the Lords’ amendments had been retained when the Bill passed through the House of Commons, the legislation could still have allowed the government to throw a cloak of secrecy over cases in which its human rights record came into question, denying justice to victims and their families. As it stands, even these limited safeguards have been lost, rejected by Parliament. Background: read more about secret justice
The only way to ensure the right to a fair and open hearing in a court of law is protected is to reject the Bill.