Justice: Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

This section of the Key Issues 2015 publication focuses on the justice system. This briefing was prepared by House of Commons Library researchers for Members of the new Parliament in 2015 and includes analysis of a range of subjects.


Prisoner population and overcrowding

What is the outlook for the prison population and what is driving the changes? What are the implications of the rising prison population, and what is being proposed.

Human Rights and Prisoner Voting

The Human Rights Act was introduced by the Labour Government in 1998 . The Conservative Party has long been committed to replacing it with alternative legislation (and potentially renegotiating the United Kingdom’s position on the Convention).

Reviewing legal aid

The implications of the major changes to eligibility for both civil and criminal legal aid in the last Parliament are not yet fully apparent.

Anonymity for Defendants in Rape Cases

Currently, people accused of rape can be named and cases involving public figures often attract significant media attention. Parliament has considered the idea of anonymity for those accused of rape on a number of occasions.

Police Reform

How should the police be held accountable politically to the communities they serve? What kind of redress should citizens have when things go wrong? And how should the service be organised, particularly when money is tight?

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