Law, Policing, Justice


The Olympics’ security legacy

27 July 2012 Hosting the Olympics could have a serious impact on the civil liberties of people in east London, writes local resident and community activist Kevin Blowe

Family attack: The truth about the right to family life

10 June 2012 As Theresa May launches a high-profile attack on the right to family life, Kate Blagojevic looks at what the rights she wants to remove really mean

Caught in the dragnet

24 May 2012 The controversial legal notion of ‘joint enterprise’ is being used against protesters and alleged gang members alike. Jon Robins reports

From kettles to courtrooms: The police crackdown on protest

25 March 2012 Nina Power explores the significance of the new policing regime facing protesters

Unfair cops: it’s not about ‘bad apples’

7 December 2011 After the News of the World scandal and the death of Mark Duggan, Val Swain asks ‘who will police the police?’

Right to speak: whistleblowers and the law

6 December 2011 One question screams out following the phone hacking scandal: why didn’t anyone other than brave Sean Hoare blow the whistle? By Jon Robins

After the anger: how do we respond to the riots?

14 October 2011 Glenn Jenkins tells Donald Morrison how Marsh Farm estate in Luton got organised after riots there

Legal looting: the Swiss banks deal

13 October 2011 Tax justice expert Richard Murphy investigates a deal with Swiss bankers to protect tax evaders

Salford riots: ‘We need to show a better way’

13 October 2011 Richard Goulding reports on the community’s response to the riots in Salford

Ritz justice

13 September 2011 A bill going through parliament threatens to make access to justice a right available only to the rich. Jon Robins reports

Justice as rough as ever

18 July 2011 Miscarriages of justice are still shockingly common, but 20 years after the release of the Birmingham Six, the issue isn’t fashionable any more. Jon Robins reports

Big Society brings little aid

22 May 2011 Jon Robins investigates what the cuts will mean for the vital advice that Citizens Advice Bureaux provide

For the record: what the police will know about you

7 March 2011 Val Swain looks at how the police are set to grab even more 'intelligence' data

Toxic state

1 February 2011 Fiona Bawdon reports on the aftermath of the ‘ricin trial’

Falling down the justice gap

12 December 2010 Jon Robins looks at the troubled state of our legal aid system

A hard case

12 December 2010 Liz Davies looks at initiatives to rescue legal aid

Centres in a storm

12 December 2010 Steven Hynes says law centres are under threat

Law for all

12 December 2010 Jon Robins lays the ground for some new thinking on legal aid

‘No fat cats’

12 December 2010 Veteran human rights lawyers, campaigners and trade unionists on why legal aid matters

Mind the gap

16 June 2010 It was the 40th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act in May, but Jon Robins finds there's still a long way to go before equal pay becomes a reality

The Billy-no-mates service

7 May 2010 It's tricky defending a public service in these straitened times when it sounds like a charity appeal for lawyers. Instead of legal aid, let's talk about 'access to justice', says Jon Robins, and ensure that people get it

Hope for the innocent

8 February 2010 The Criminal Cases Review Commission was established 13 years ago in response to a crisis of public faith in the criminal justice system as a result of a series of miscarriages of justice. But is it doing the job it was set up for? Jon Robins reports

An ability to persuade

21 December 2009 From the Birmingham Six to the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, radical barrister Michael Mansfield has represented them all. Jon Robins interviews him as he takes a break from his high-profile legal career

Enforced destitution

1 December 2009 Frances Webber investigates the Home Office's policy of imposing poverty on those seeking asylum in Britain

A radical alternative to prison?

15 November 2009 The community justice centre in Liverpool has been called a more enlightened approach to dealing with crime. Jon Robins investigates if, and how, it works

Policing the police

31 August 2009 The police are no more our servants than corporations or the media. Kevin Blowe examines how the government's increasingly authoritarian approach to crime and security has enabled the police to emerge from a series of scandals and controversies with their powers enhanced. He argues that campaigners need to radically rethink their approach to policing in Britain

Asylum watch: Losing the plot

31 August 2009 The treatment of 12 students branded as terrorists despite no evidence being laid against them has aroused widespread anger. A campaign on their behalf is gaining momentum across the country, writes Frances Webber

From Orgreave to the City

12 June 2009 Police brutality during public disturbances is nothing new. Neither is the tendency of the mainstream media to repeat police claims of provocation by demonstrators uncritically. Rhian Jones sketches the recent history, highlighting what is distinctive about the situation today

Off the ball

12 June 2009 Ordinary football fans are often the victims of the sort of policing that hit the headlines in the G20 protests. Steve Powell from the Football Supporters' Federation calls foul on the abuse of police powers

Stop and search under the Terrorism Act

3 June 2009 The Terrorism Act of 2000 dramatically increased police powers to stop and search. David Mery gives the lowdown

Guilty as not charged

3 June 2009 Hicham Yezza, a student at the University of Nottingham, was cleared of all charges after his arrest for 'terrorism' - but now faces deportation anyway. Prison officials are blocking Red Pepper's attempts to contact him, but Andy Bowman spoke to two of his close friends about the case

Give it arrest

24 May 2009 Tariq Mehmood tells how he suffered at the hands of police stop and search

Watching the watchers

24 May 2009 How does the argument go again - it's only those with something to hide who object to increasing surveillance? So the same applies to 'sousveillance', doesn't it, and turning the came ras on those who normally do the surveillance? By Clare Coatman

A fair cop: the police and the public

24 May 2009 Our special feature, to be continued in future issues and on our website, looks at policing - and policing the police - in modern Britain

Asylum watch: Now what?

23 March 2009 Labour says it is planning to 'simplify' immigration legislation. Frances Webber argues that its real agenda is to subvert human rights and give more power to the state

Torture at Angola prison

5 February 2009 President Obama promises to close Guantanamo, but Lousiana court proceedings in the Angola Five case expose brutality closer to home, reports Jordan Flaherty

FIT for purpose?

1 December 2008 SchNEWS swings a long lens towards state surveillance



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