In the Media

Judges back opposition sunset clause

PUBLISHED March 9, 2005

Senior judges back the "sunset clause" supported by the Tories and Liberal Democrats under which the Prevention of Terrorism Act would expire automatically by next November, according to Lord Ackner, a retired law lord.

Even if amendments requiring the home secretary to apply to a judge before making any control order are accepted by parliament, the judges would still be unhappy with the provisions because the suspect would not be able to mount a real defence, he said.
Judges are concerned that they could be used by the government to add legitimacy to a discredited procedure.