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Labour minister: 'Worst excesses' of secret courts plans have been watered down

Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan has said that the government's defeats on secret courts legislation means that "proper checks and balances are now being put in place."

He said:

Open and transparency of justice is a hugely important principle, and deviating from it should only be done in the most serious of circumstances with proper checks and balances in place.

The Government’s plans were too widely drawn with too few safeguards placing too much power in the hands of Government Ministers to decide what would be kept secret in court hearings.

These humiliating defeats for the Government mean proper checks and balances are now being put in place, with the worst excesses rightfully watered down.

– Sadiq Khan

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