On 22 October 2019 the Sentencing Council opened a consultation on proposed amendments to its Terrorism Offences Guideline, used by judges sentencing terrorism offences in England and Wales.
This follows the recent increases to sentences for certain terrorism offences under the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019. The consultation closes on 3 December 2019.
The consultation document is here.
191112 Response to Sentencing Council
On 22 July 2019 the Northern Ireland Office opened a consultation on a new draft Code of Practice for the video recording of interviews of persons detained under section 41 of, or Schedule 7 to, the Terrorism Act 2000 at police stations in Northern Ireland. Section 41 contains the power to arrest suspected terrorists. Schedule 7 contains the power to examine travellers at ports and borders. The consultation closes on 14 October 2019.
The consultation document and new draft Code of Practice is here.
190827 formal response to NI Recording Code
In February 2019 the Home Office opened a consultation on a new draft Code of Practice under Schedule 7 Terrorism Act 2000. This is the power to examine travellers at ports and borders. The consultation closed on 5 April 2019.
The consultation document is here:
The new draft Code which should be read with my response is here:
190904 formal response to Sched7 Code
COUNTER TERRORISM AND BORDER SECURITY BILL:Â SUBMISSION IN RELATION TO CLAUSE 3
BY MAX HILL QC AND PROFESSOR CLIVE WALKER
This paper follows evidence given to the Bill Scrutiny Committee on 26th June 2018 by Max Hill QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. Together with Professor Clive Walker QC (Hon), Senior Special Adviser to the Independent Reviewer, Â the premise of this paper is to ask the question, if a new variant of section 58 is needed at all, what might that look like ?
 This paper should be read in conjunction with the analysis already given in Professor Walkerâ€™s written submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights.