Any reform to the law on Official Secrets must provide robust protection for public interest disclosures and open justice – Lorna Woods, Lawrence McNamara and Judith Townend

28 06 2017

With the election now in the past, the wheels of government are beginning to grind again. While most eyes are on Brussels, it is important that the bright lights of Brexit do not draw attention away from other work that is resuming and ongoing. Among it, the Law Commission will continue its project that considers the revision of the laws on Official Secrets, with its final proposals expected later this year. Read the rest of this entry »





The rule of law and press freedom – Lawrence McNamara

8 11 2016

daily-mail-brexit-judges-front-pageWhen some media coverage of last week’s High Court decision pitched judges as enemies or opponents of the people, the Lord Chancellor’s initial silence attracted, hour by hour, a louder chorus of demands that she speak up in defence of the judiciary.   Read the rest of this entry »





The implications of Incedal: managing the new normal in national security cases – Lawrence McNamara

14 02 2016

Old BaileyThe decision of the Court of Appeal in Incedal ([2016] EWCA Crim 11) is profoundly important for open justice and the public understanding of the security threats faced by our communities and for the accountability of those tasked with combatting security threats. Read the rest of this entry »





How open will this newly opened justice be? – Lawrence McNamara,

14 06 2014

Royal Courts of JusticeAs the dust settles after Thursday’s Court of Appeal decision on whether a terrorism trial can be held in secret, there continue to be more questions than answers about what we know and what we will know. Read the rest of this entry »





Secret trials – a little transparency, a lot to worry about – Lawrence McNamara

12 06 2014

rcj-restricted-accessThe Court of Appeal has published its decision in Guardian News Media v AB and CD. It is not a judgment, the Court says. Judgments – plural – will be given “in due course.” Still, the 24 paragraph decision contains the order and explanation of the order, and gives an indication of some of the reasons that will follow. Read the rest of this entry »





Secret Trials: Secrecy at the Expense of Justice – Lawrence McNamara

7 06 2014

_75304352_000082480-1We have learned from media reports in the last two days that prosecutors have asked the courts to hold an entire terrorism trial in secret.  Read the rest of this entry »