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Short Update: The UK Joint Committee on Human Rights shares its second briefing on lockdown regulations

FairTrialsAdmin - May 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences, Rule of Law

The Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK shared its second briefing on the Coronavirus lockdown regulations, labelling them the most significant and blanket interference with individual liberty in modern times.   

On paragraph 12, the Joint Committee states that: It is unacceptable that many thousands of people are being fined in circumstances where (a) the Regulations contain unclear and ambiguous language, (b) there is evidence that the police do not fully understand their powers, (c) a significant percentage of prosecutions have been shown to be wrongly charged, (d) there has been no systematic review of FPNs and (e) there is no appeal or review provided for under the Regulations.  It is therefore essential that an urgent review of FPNs is undertaken and that, in any event, the Government introduce a means of challenging FPNs by way of administrative review or appeal in the next set of amendments. 

Read the complete briefing here  

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