Justice and Security: A Consultation on the Government’s Green Paper
On 19 October 2011 the Government published a Green Paper on Justice and Security, which aims to respond to the challenges of how sensitive information is treated in the full range of civil proceedings. The Government intends the paper as a means of gathering the best possible picture of the public’s views on how to construct a framework which will enable the courts to consider material which is too sensitive to be disclosed in open court, but which will also protect the fundamental elements that make up a fair hearing.
As part of the consultation process the International Security Programme is holding a one-day roundtable event at which participants will be invited to discuss the contents of the Green Paper and the wider debate and topics which surround it. This includes: the appropriate disclosure of sensitive information, maintaining adequate oversight and transparency for the public, the Green Paper’s implications for the independence of the judiciary, and areas in which the paper could be improved.