We’re JUSTICE and are new to the wonders of RollonFriday, so thought we’d introduce ourselves.
If you haven’t heard of us then where have you been? We’ve been around for aeons (well, nigh on 60 years at least). Founded in 1957 by a group of leading jurists to promote the rule of law and the fair administration of the justice system, we have an eminent, all party membership, and have been helping to shape the legal landscape in this country ever since.
Billed as “the conscience of the legal profession” – most obliged Lord Gardiner – we have never been scared to challenge the legal establishment or to propose radical change to the system. Features of the legal infrastructure that we take for granted - the Ombudsmen, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the Ministry of Justice and more – were all proposed by JUSTICE.
JUSTICE is a membership organisation and a charity, our members – from law students to the senior and retired judiciary – are critical to our success. If you aren’t already a member, you really should consider supporting us – find out more about us on our website, www.justice.org.uk
If you do become a member you’ll be invited to fantastic events (great for networking, but fun - last year writers Robert Harris, Dame Hilary Mantel, Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan all did events for us) and will be able to get an enormous discount to our Annual Human Rights Conference which takes place on 12 October 2015. Kindly hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, the conference brings together the country's leading experts in human rights law and has become the established forum for considering the developments in Human Rights. This year Lord Justice Leveson is opening the day, which will end with a political barnburner on the Human Rights Act. Take a look at the full programme and book your place.
We’ll say goodbye for now and leave you with some well-placed words from the Lord Chief Justice himself:
“For nearly 60 years JUSTICE has been at the forefront of reimagining the justice system. We have much to thank it for and it deserves our support.”
…couldn’t have said it better ourselves.