Public Interest Lawyers today responded to the Government Green Paper on Justice and Security raising serious concerns about the proposals to extend the use of 'secret evidence'.
The Green Paper proposes the expansion of the use of closed evidence procedures (behind closed doors hearings) for a range of cases involving issues of national security, intelligence gathering and foreign and defence policy.
PIL opposes the developments as breaching fundamental principles of open justice. They are an attempt to avoid political embarrassment in the courts.
PIL’s response can be found here:
A copy of the Green Paper can be found here: