Human Rights Commission warns against proposed expansion of secret hearings under the Justice and Security Bill

01 Nov 2012 | by Caroline Sweeney

An Opinion co-authored by Eric Metcalfe for the Equality and Human Rights Commission has advised that the proposed extension of controversial Closed Material Procedures under the Justice and Security Bill would be incompatible with the right to a fair trial under article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Commission launched the opinion at a briefing meeting for Peers in the House of Lords on 31 October. The Commission has a statutory duty under section 11 of the Equality Act 2006 to monitor and advise on the effectiveness of equality and human rights law and the likely effect of a proposed change of law. The Bill will be reported back to the House on 19 November.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission press release

The launch of the opinion was also reported in:

The Guardian

The Daily Telegraph