November 2013

Who’s right about the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights?

November 21, 2013

Confusion abounds about the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights following Mr Justice Mostyn’s recent judgment in R (AB) v Home Secretary (in which he appeared to say the Charter puts into UK law all sorts of new rights British governments had wanted to exclude) and Tuesday’s reaction by the Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling (who, it’s reported, is […]

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R (Miranda) v Home Secretary: the second day of the hearing

November 7, 2013

The hearing resumed in Court 4 today, to allow more room for the media and public – fewer of whom turned up for the second day, naturally. David Miranda’s lawyers continued his judicial review challenge to his detention by police in August at Heathrow under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and the seizure […]

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R (Miranda) v Home Secretary: my tweets from the second day at court

November 7, 2013

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R (Miranda) v Home Secretary: today’s hearing

November 6, 2013

At the start of today’s judicial review hearing, Court 28 was packed: journalists, a few members of the public and even some of the lawyers had to grab whatever kind of seat they could. I just about managed to wedge myself in between the Bar and the BBC. David Miranda is challenging his questioning and […]

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R (Miranda) v Home Secretary: my tweets from court today

November 6, 2013

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Police: the Security Service wanted to retrieve Miranda’s “espionage” material

November 5, 2013

The Metropolitan Police’s written grounds of defence in the Miranda judicial review case, published on this blog today, contain a number of significant claims about how they, in liaison with the Security Service, came to stop and question David Miranda at Heathrow airport in August this year. Lawyers for the police say (para. 28 of the […]

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The police’s defence in the Miranda judicial review

November 5, 2013

Here’s the Metropolitan Police’s grounds – drafted by Jason Beer QC of 5 Essex Court and Ben Brandon  and Ben Watson, both of 3 Raymond Buildings – for resisting David Miranda’s judicial review claim in the Administrative Court this week. Miranda is challenging the police’s use of powers under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. My view on the police […]

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The Home Secretary’s defence in the Miranda judicial review

November 5, 2013

Here’s the Home Secretary’s statement of grounds – drafted by Steven Kovats QC of 39 Essex Street and Julian Blake of 6, King’s Bench Walk – for opposing David Miranda’s judicial review claim, to be heard over two days on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Miranda seeks judicial review of his questioning and detention under Schedule 7 of the […]

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David Miranda’s grounds for judicial review

November 4, 2013

Here’s the full statement of facts and grounds – drafted by Matthew Ryder QC, Edward Craven and Raj Desai, all of Matrix Chambers – in support of David Miranda’s judicial review claim, due to be heard this week. Miranda is challenging his questioning and detention under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. A summary of my […]

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