- Secret courts should have no place within our judicial system.
- Justice secretaryKen Clarke, diehard proponent of the justice and security bill. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
It pays to ask a simple question when confronted with a piece of legislation such as the justice and security bill, which has become so complicated that probably no more than 100 people in the country fully understand it.
Outside parliament, there is a dim sense that the bill will introduce closed material procedures – secret courts – into English civil law in cases where national security is said to be at stake. People are beginning to appreciate that this means a claimant is banned from knowing anything about their case and that this in turn will make it…
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