Justice and Security: A Consultation on the UK Government’s Green Paper
On 19 October 2011 the UK 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.
The International Security Programme at Chatham House is holding a one-day roundtable event. At this event participants will be invited to discuss the contents of the Green Paper and the wider debate and topics which surround it. How can the Government disclose sensitive information in a manner which safe guards national security, but allows for greater judicial and non judicial oversight? Moreover, how can this be done in such a way to maintain transparency and openness with the general public? Finally, what are the implications of the Paper for justice and security, and for the independence of the judiciary? What more needs to be done and what other factors should be considered?