Justice System Reform
Identity and influence: A role for the rule of law in strengthening British national identity and maintaining the UK’s soft power
The rule of law has a part to play in defining and reinforcing Britishness, an especially important task for a country facing questions about its role in the world and internal challenges over unity. In this report, we lay out steps to restabilising the rule of law in the UK, to strengthen internal unity and ensuring that it remains a key “soft power” asset for the UK.
|Published:||19 January 2023|
Future-proofing justice: Making the civil and criminal courts world-leading by 2030
In recent decades the civil and criminal courts of England and Wales have demonstrated significant failings. These are causing considerable individual, societal and financial detriment and undermining the rule of law. This report surveys the current state of the courts and the likely impact of the current modernisation programme and outlines an agenda for reform that goes beyond the existing plans – in order to ensure that the UK’s courts are world-leading by 2030.
|Published:||15 June 2022|
Right time, right place: improving access to civil justice
This paper discusses access to civil justice in England and Wales, and how policymakers can create a better functioning and more equitable system.
|Published:||23 May 2022|
Earning trust: Improving criminal justice outcomes for ethnic minorities
This paper discusses some of the issues facing ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system, and how policymakers might improve their outcomes – particularly by increasing their trust in the system.
|Published:||15 December 2021|
Law and the open economy: Securing the future of English law and civil justice system for 21st Century prosperity
This report lays out the evidence for the need for modernisation of the law and minimally effective legal institutions to enhance UK's prosperity and global competitiveness, and presents recommendations that will aid this project.
|Published:||03 November 2021|
Women in the Criminal Justice System: a better response to vulnerability
This paper discusses some of the issues facing women in the criminal justice system, and what policymakers can do to ensure a system that better responds to the circumstances and needs of female offenders.
|Published:||23 September 2021|
Unfair, ineffective and unjustifiable: the case for ending imprisonment for Council Tax arrears in England
in this paper, Chris Daw QC sets out his argument for an end to laws allowing for the imprisonment of people with council tax debts in England.
|Published:||18 September 2019|
|Author:||Chris Daw QC|
Judge, Jury, and EXEcute file: The Brave New World of Legal Automation
This paper by Professor Elliott Ash (University of Warwick) discusses the prospects for automating decisions in the legal system.
|Published:||07 June 2018|
It’s Prices, Stupid: Explaining falling crime in the UK
This CAGE briefing paper puts forward comprehensive evidence on prices and crime for a large range of goods, focusing on monthly data for London over 2002-2012. It finds that crime is responsive to prices across the large range of goods.
|Published:||22 February 2016|