"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

BritCits - written submission to Public Bill Committee on Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, March 2014 :

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmpublic/criminaljustice/memo/cjc41.htm

ABOUT US

1. BritCits is a human rights charity and campaign group, focused on the rights of British citizens, residents and non-EEA family members. We are especially concerned about UK’s family immigration rules and hurdles being put in the way to prevent family unity or those which force citizens into exile. Often judicial review is the only means to keeping the family together so any curbs on this route presents a further barrier for our members and others in similar positions.



SUMMARY

2. There are various elements in the CJC Bill which are of concern, because they
a) are unnecessary as the current process is working efficiently
b) will lead to a system where justice is a privilege only for the rich, leading to a systematic devaluing of parliamentary and judicial processes
c) prevent NGOs from collating resources to seek justice where an individual may otherwise not be able to or where such an approach would be in the public interest
d) will lead to government departments not being held accountable for not upholding the law
e) persecute the most vulnerable
f) when combined with the legal aid provision for Judicial Review through the legal residence test, which did not require primary legislation, completely avoids full parliamentary scrutiny – not in my view therefore representative of a democracy...

Mirrored here :
http://www.scribd.com/doc/215802775/CJC

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