Juxtaposing secret courts and the rule of law


On the 25th April 2013 The Justice and Security Act 2013 introduced so-called “secret courts” (Closed Material Procedures) into ordinary civil cases in Britain for the first time.

Closed Material Procedures (or “CMPs”) mean that one party is not able to take part in either part or the whole of a trial. This party will almost always be a party who is bringing a claim against a government agency. In such a case the government and its lawyers will be present during the CMP, however, Continue reading