Lord Hain

Labour Peer

@peterhain

Security Sensitive Evidence in Courts

There have been votes in Parliament on if there should be a mechanism for material deemed national security sensitive to be made available to a civil court and a special advocate but not parties to the case. The mechanism is called the "closed material procedure".

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Lord Hain generally voted against allowing national security sensitive evidence to be put before courts in secret sessions

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Major votes

  • On 17 Jul 2013: Lord Hain was absent for a vote on The Rules of the Court of Judicature (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 2013 — Closed Material Proceedure Show vote
  • On 17 Jul 2013: Lord Hain was absent for a vote on Civil Procedure Rules — Closed Material Proceedings Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2013: Lord Hain was absent for a vote on Justice and Security Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2013: Lord Hain voted to permit closed material proceedings only if a fair determination of the case would not be possible by other means. Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2013: Lord Hain voted to allow the disclosure of material if the court considers disclosure the degree of damage to the interests of national security would be outweighed by the interests of justice. Show vote
  • On 18 Dec 2012: Lord Hain was absent for a vote on Justice and Security Bill — Second Reading Show vote

Minor votes

  • On 4 Mar 2013: Lord Hain voted to only allow the closed material procedure for using national security sensitive information in court to to be used where the degree of harm to national security caused by disclosure would be likely to outweigh the public interest in fair and open justice. Show vote

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