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The justice system in Britain has been established on the principle that 'you are innocent until proven guilty' and that 'everyone has the right to a fair trial'. These two basic principles have recently taken a knock and were circumvented by the use of secret evidence and special advocates who in essence are the advocate and the client in one.

But changes to this approach are rearing it's head finally, largely due to the public knowledge that secret evidence isn't that 'secret' and in many cases does not impinge on national security which is the usual line that is given.

The case of Binyam Mohamed, an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay has in my opinion been the catalyst that has made the courts, judges and some politicians realise that there is no place for secret evidence in the British legal system and that there needs to be clear guidelines as to when a request to keep evidence secret is due to national security as opposed to national interest.

Once those guidelines have been established the courts can again apply law that is just and fair.
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