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House of Lords votes against amendments to the Justice and Security Bill

Peers narrowly reject an amendment that would have made closed material procedures (CMPs) - so-called 'secret courts' - a last resort.  The debate can be read here.

Justice and Security Bill Still Neither Just Nor Secure

In a follow up report published by Centre for Policy Studies, Anthony Peto QC and Andrew Tyrie MP set out a number of amendments needed to implement the safeguards originally voted in by the Lords and greatly improve the legislation.  The report can be read here.

House of Lords Prepares Again for Consideration of Justice and Security Bill

The Lords will consider the Commons amendments on 26 March 2013.  More can be read here.

UN Special Rapporteur Urges US and UK to Release Reports on Rendition

Ben Emmerson QC, Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, calls on the US and UK to release confidential reports on the countries' involvement in the extraordinary rendition programme.  More can be read here and here.

Andrew Tyrie Speaks on the Justice and Security Bill

Andrew Tyrie speaks about the Bill on Radio 4's Today in Parliament.  The programme can be heard here.

President of the Supreme Court Expresses Concerns Over 'Secret Courts'

Supreme Court judge Lord Neuberger told BCC Radio Four that "Anybody interested in justice and democracy will be very troubled by any legislation which involves having hearings which are closed...and possibly even more concerned about cases where one party cannot see the evidence which the other party is showing to the judge."  More can be read here.  Lord Neuberger can be heard here.